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||Variety of Fiction
||Great Michigan Read
||Historical Fiction - Teens
||Back to School
||Nancy Shaw Books
||Large Print Books
||James Cloyd Bowman
||Kelly DiPucchio Books
||Academy Award Movies
||Great Lakes Great Books
I love the sense of new
beginnings that comes with the change
of year. For those
who wish to take
advantage of this opportunity for a fresh start, the library has a host
of new titles
to help. Some
commonly listed popular resolutions and relevant new
titles are listed below:
For those who plan to Lose
and Get Fit:
Bob Greene has
written, The life
want! : get motivated, lose weight, and be happy.
readers recognize how their mindsets might be preventing them from
their fitness goals and gives them the tools they need to break down
barriers. Filled with psychological studies, practical tips, and
advice, this book can help anyone who is struggling.
again : the top 10 ways to stop smoking now and forever by
Cooper can help you find
that's right for you. It
isn't easy to
stop smoking. Yet according to the American Lung Association, well over
million Americans have already quit. How did they do it? They found the
that worked for them and they stuck to it.
If you are among those
who wish to Learn
Something New, you may want to try out Mango, a
new online language
learning tutorial system available through the library’s
website: www.pwpl.info. Anything else you want to
learn to do, from
play the piano to tile your bathroom, the library staff will help you
step-by step guide.
Tonia Reinhard, a
registered dietician, can help those who
wish to eat healthier with her book Superfoods
the healthiest foods on the planet.
identifies 200 of the
nutrient-dense foods. The book is divided by food type with sections on
vegetables and fruit, legumes, nuts and oils, herbs and spices, grains,
beverages and treats, supplements, and meat.
If you are resolved to Get Out of
Debt and Save Money, Solve your money troubles :
debt, credit &
bankruptcy by Robin Leonard can help. Step-by-step
how to prioritize debts, create a budget,
and negotiate with creditors.
Time with Family is goal for many parents. Living Simply with
Children by Marie Sherlock offers
a realistic blueprint for
zeroing in on the pleasures of family life.
It includes sections on “How (and
why) to live simply and find more time
to be with your children,” “Activities
and rituals that bring out the best in every family member,”
and “How to focus
on the "good stuff" . . . with less stuff.”
A year of
adventures : a guide to the world's most exciting experiences by
Andrew Bain is just the thing for those wishing to travel to new
places. Discover a range
experiences, including snow biking in France,
volcano boarding in Nicaragua,
kayaking with orcas in Canada
and sailing the Whitsunday Islands.
Choose from over
250 experiences in 115 countries, some to challenge you, some to enjoy
leisurely pace, and catering to all fitness levels. Be inspired and
plan a year
If you are resolved to be less
Simplify your life : 100 ways to slow down and enjoy the things that
by Elaine St. James may be the right book for you.
If you’re overpowered, overextended,
overwhelmed, Simplify Your Life is your antidote.
If your goal is to
volunteer, you can join the friends of
the Peter White Public Library. If
you’re interested in both traveling more and volunteering,
check out Volunteer
vacations : short-term adventures that will benefit you and others by Bill McMillon.
some reason, many people start the year determined to drink less. In The science of drinking : how
alcohol affects your body and mind, Toxicologist Amitava Dasgupta
that while alcoholism is a serious problem requiring medical and
treatment, for those who are not addicted, drinking alcohol is not
a bad habit. The problem is to distinguish between drinking sensibly
drinking insensibly. Dasgupta clearly outlines what constitutes healthy
drinking and its attendant health benefits, offers advice on how to
responsibly, and provides insight into just how alcohol works on the
|by Ellen Moore, Reference Desk
December 3, 2011
the music CD This
is Christmas: A Complete Collection of the Alfred S. Burt Carols
is a great
way to relax this holiday season.
composer, Alfred S. Burt, was born in Marquette
on April 22, 1920, residing with his family at the rectory of St. Paul
Church for two years before his father, the
Reverend Bates Burt, accepted a call to a parish in Pontiac,
Following a family tradition begun by his father, Alfred set 15
to music in the years from 1942 to 1954, the lyrics of which were
church organist and family friend, Wihla Hutson, and sent them out as
cards to an ever widening circle of family and friends.
book Holiday Magic
collection of stories by Fern Michaels, Cathy Lamb, Mary Carter, and
Dulong, which offer surprising twists on the holiday season. In Fern
Michaels’ story called “Holiday Magic”,
shop manager Stephanie Marshall is fired when she closes shop early to
for her daughters who are missing from the resort’s ski
slopes. Will she get
her job back? What will happen depends on a change of heart by her
handsome Eddie O’Brien. Cathy Lamb’s story,
“A Very Merry Christmas”, follows
the dizzying life of Meredith Ghirlandaio who has a B & B to
run, a holiday
concert to direct, and a new sweetheart who’s trying his best
to woo her. In Mary
Carter’s story, “A Very Maui Christmas”, Tara Lane
tries to escape her family’s usual Christmas frenzy but finds
her on the very same airplane flight to Hawaii! In Terri
Dulong’s story, “A Cedar Key
Christmas”, Josie Sullivan’s life takes a new turn
when her daughter leads a
community effort to repair a local fisherman’s home and his
comes to visit.
Kincaid’s book, Christmas
with Tucker, is the coming-of-age story of George
McCray. It is 1962
and George’s grandfather needs help
plowing roads and doing chores on the family’s Minnesota
dairy farm. Tucker,
an Irish setter, helps 12-year-old George
by keeping him company as George struggles with his new found
Kincaid’s sequel to this book, A
Dog Named Christmas, was made
a popular movie by the Hallmark Hall of Fame.
Carlson’s book, Christmas
Shoppe, offers a new twist on holiday shopping.
neighbors in Parrish Springs are grumbling because they think her shop
a junk shop more than it does a gift shop. They
soon discover that Matilda has something
in her shop for each of them and are equally surprised by the gifts of
forgiveness evoked by the unlikely treasures.
Cohn and David Levithan’s
novel, Dash and
Lily’s Book of Dares, is a book young
adults will want
on their reading lists. Strangers Lily and Dash create elaborate
each other to retrieve and respond to the bidding of a red moleskine
that Lily’s brother has planted with an inviting clue on a
bookshelf at the
Strand Bookstore in New York City.
Literate and entertaining, Cohn and Levithan have also authored a
similar book, Nick
and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which was
made into a movie in 2008.
Lori Wilde’s book, The
First Love Cookie Club, children’s author
Sadie Cool has been invited
back to her Texas
hometown for a promotion of her picture book, The Magic Christmas
Cookie. The little
girl who wished for Sadie Cool’s visit is the daughter of
Travis Walker, the
young man’s whose wedding fifteen-year-old Sadie (then Sarah
Collier) had interrupted
years ago by shouting that he was her one true love and he
COULDN’T marry anyone
else. Now divorced, Travis meets Sarah once again, this time through
efforts of the First Love Cookie Club.
Cookbook offers great family recipes from an author
well-known for her
many Christmas-themed stories and “Blossom Street”
and “Cedar Cove” series. In addition to
mouthwatering favorites such as Orange Sweet Rolls with Cream Cheese
Christmas Eve Eggnog, Macomber gives quick decorating and gift ideas
equally eye-catching. This book is a perfect companion for readers who
romance, cookbooks, and classic Christmas traditions.
new books you may wish to
read include The
Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere, Lost December by Richard
Paul Evans, and The
Gift by Cecelia Ahern. Happy holiday reading!
|by Lisa Shirtz, ReferenceDesk
November 26, 2011
read, just in time for the holiday season, is here in our new fiction
and is titled, “Christmas
by author Judy Duarte. This
perfect book if you want some light entertainment with a cup of cocoa
fire! The action
centers on the little
town of Fairbrook,
and a circle of four ladies who
enjoy a deep friendship. Their
to help the needs around them, meanwhile ministering to their own
for a fun page turner. There's plenty of romance, mystery,
pet problems, cozy coffees
and meals throughout this novel.
Toss in some cute kids with their single mom who’s stressed
trying to make a living and you have a formula that keeps you rooting
happy ending! Author
has just the right touch, and doesn’t
make the read too predictable or schmaltzy.
If you love
old television shows, you may want to wander to our new non-fiction
two new star memoirs by Barbara Eden and James Garner.
They were some of my personal favorites and
it was interesting to read that they both loved their work and were
Eden with Wendy Leigh, has written her memories in “Jeannie
Out of the
Barbara Jean Huffman, an only
child, the star was brought up with strict rules and taught her manners. Possessed with a beautiful
figure and a
lovely voice, she first came to fame in a beauty pageant, began singing
nightclubs and then was signed by Twentieth Century Fox studios. Even though, her list of
movie credits is
fairly extensive, it was her work in television that really brought her
and fortune. The
“I Dream of Jeannie”
show is still dear to her heart, and she tells stories of the cast and
the creator of the series. We
about Miss Eden’s personal life, her three marriages, and the
sad demise of her
only son to unfortunate events. Barbara
uses this book to express
regret for her
mistakes and give credit to those who helped her in her journey to
stardom. A nice
compliments the pages of this book.
Files” by James Garner and Jon Winokur, is owned by Peter
White in both adult
non-fiction print and in cd book form.
if you’re off traveling for the holidays, this selection
might be especially
easy to have along in the car. Born
James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma,
James Garner, as he
later became known, was not born to a life of wealth or privilege. His mother died when he
was only 4, and when
his father remarried, his stepmother made his life extremely difficult.
home early, he was the first Oklahoman
to be drafted for the Korean War.
service to the country resulted in the awarding of the Purple Heart
his time in the service, at loose
ends, and looking for work, Garner, got lucky with a stage role that
working with 3 big movie actors, among them, Henry Fonda. The roles kept coming and
in time, he made
his mark not only on stage, but in movies and television. His
first big television series, Maverick, was extremely
popular and “The Rockford Files” cemented his
career as a well paid actor. His
tales of work with such screen stars as
Steve McQueen, Julie Andrews, and Marlon Brando make for very
reading. Garner is
blunt in his comments
and reveals his fun loving, generous personality in his writing. Married to one woman for
his entire career,
he speaks lovingly of the relationship and of their family. This is a book that you
and emotions can fluctuate during the holiday season.
In this next book, to be found in our new
non-fiction section, there are helpful ideas to combat the extremes we
face. Author Joyce Meyer, a
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, and television speaker, addresses
times when emotions try to take over and cripple us.
The book is titled, “Living Beyond
Meyer uses the wisdom
of Scripture to address such topics as guilt and regret, sadness, loss
grief, the power of memories, and the impact of stress on physical and
emotional health. If
you feel that the
season is already starting to take it’s toll, this book might
be very helpful
to keep your spirits on the upswing.
Joyce offers tools to live beyond emotions and
regain control of your
life. Each chapter
ends with some
concrete suggestions for action steps and decisions.
A prolific author, Meyer has many other
books, as well as audio recordings available at Peter White if you
|by Shelley Janofski,
InterLibrary Loan Coordinator
November 19, 2011
for some new music to
keep you energized during these shorter winter days?
Check out what’s new and available
Peter White Public Library. To
our new CD’s online, simply go to our website at www.pwpl.info
and click Card
Catalog on the right-hand side of the page.
After the Quick Search page has loaded, find
and click the New Music on CD link
Torches by Foster
the People –
This 2011 debut album from Indie rock group Foster The People is sure
your foot tapping and head bobbing.
album features the summer chart-topping hit “Pumped up
Kicks” and other Euro-disco
inspired tracks like “Helena Beat” and
“Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)”.
Since appearing on the
music scene back in
2010, Foster the People has been exploding all over the airwaves. Their sound is similar to
Coldplay but with a
steady dance beat in the background and electric feel all throughout.
Foxes – This 2011 follow-up album from the critically
acclaimed Seattle band
Fleet Foxes does not disappoint. The
album showcases the increasing talents of the band with such restrained
like “Helplessness Blues” and “The
Shrine/And Argument” and additional
their new album it
is evident that this 60’s and 70’s inspired
Folk/Rock band has shifted their
focus from just making great sounding music to making great sounding
clear and direct lyrics while appealing to a wider audience.
Coldplay – With the release of this album, the
group’s fifth studio produced album, Coldplay
demonstrates their outstanding vocal range and
instrumental mastery. Coldplay’s
tend to be created with a specific idea or emotion in mind and
MyloXyloto is no
lead vocalist Chris
Martin’s hand heavy on the piano, it becomes clear in songs
like “Paradise” or
“Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” that this album is
a love story between art and
life. This album is
energetic and pulses
with an irresistible force.
Fire by Ryan Adams –2011 album from the
acclaimed rocker with a
his fourth full-length
release, Ashes & Fire,
reconnects with fellow singer/songwriter Norah Jones, who appears on a
of tracks accompanying on piano. Adams
presents a good collection of narrative songs with a laid-back acoustic
A Very She
& Him Christmas by She and Him - A Very She
& Him Christmas
is a wonderful collection of holiday tunes from one of
music's moreunique couplings. The
created by ZooeyDeschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him), has put
charming Christmas album highlighting Deschanel’s silky voice
as she revisits
some holiday favorites and belts out a few originals as well.This album
throwback to earlier holiday albums by the likes of Vince Guaraldi, The
Boys, Elvis Presley and more, but She & Him have created an
holiday record that helps bring new emotions out of old songs.
Mistletoe by Justin Bieber – Under the
Mistletoe is another
mixture of holiday classics and personal tracks from
teen idol Justin Bieber. The first
single “Mistletoe” is an original track that is
bound run on loop in your head all
winter long. Bieber, who is known for his youthful R&B-inspired
enlists the talents of artists like Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, and
give his album a very soulful feel.
|by Dominic Davis, Administrative
November 12, 2011
news Kindle lovers—Peter White Public Library now
offers ebooks for your Kindle on our collection of ebooks through Great
Digital Libraries. Visit
digitalmedia.gldl.info to check out these new ebooks and others out on
The Next Always
Nora Roberts - The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland
has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now
getting a major facelift from the Montgomery
brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect of the family,
social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But
another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss
he was fifteen.
The Prince of Ravenscar
by Catherine Coulter - The #1 New
York Times-bestselling author brings a daring and witty new historical
to life, with a sparkling cast of engaging, multifaceted characters. Nicholas Monroe, widowed
Prince of Ravenscar,
is feeling pressure from his family to remarry. But the mysterious
death of his
first wife, Lily, still hangs over his head.
1Q84 by Haruki
Murakami - A young woman follows a taxi
driver's suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the
around her. She has entered a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84. Meanwhile, an aspiring
writer named Tengo
takes on a ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work
unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come
Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge
over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and
connections that bind them ever closer.
A Christmas Homecoming
by Anne Perry – A familiar face from
the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels--Charlotte's mother,
with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to
the Yorkshire fishing village where Dracula the vampire first touched
soil. Joshua will produce a stage adaptation of Dracula
by the daughter
of a Whitby
millionaire during the Christmas holiday, but after the disastrous
read-through of her amateurish script, only the fact that the company
depending on Netheridge's financial backing for their spring tour keeps
The Litigators by
John Grisham - The partners at Finley
& Figg--all two of them--often refer to themselves as "a
firm." Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. They are, of
course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation
search of their big break, After twenty plus years together, the
bicker like an old married couple but somehow continue to scratch out a
from their seedy bungalow offices in southwest Chicago.
And then change comes their way. More
it stumbles in.
The Stranger's Child
Hollinghurst - In the summer of 1913, George
Sawle brings his Cambridge
Cecil, to his family's modest home for the weekend. George is
Cecil, and soon his sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him. But
writes in Daphne's autograph album will change all their lives forever. Over time, a tragic love
story is spun, even
as other secrets lie buried--until, decades later, an ambitious
threatens to unearth them.
|by Heather Steltenpohl, Fund
November 5, 2011
|Variety of Children's Fiction
Red Wagon by
Renata Liwska is a charming tale that is sure to please. Irresistible
capture the spirit of a childhood staple: imaginary play. Lucy turns a chore
– going to the market for
her mother – into an adventure with friends, all with the use
of the little red
wagon. Between sailing the high seas and crossing the prairie on a
the wagon becomes: a circus wagon, a train, a rocket ship and a flatbed
the end of the story, readers will want to get our their own red wagons
hours of endless imaginative fun.
are many naughty children far beyond my
expertise. I tried my best to help them but the problems would not cease." So begins the
book Spinster Goose: Twisted Nursery Rhymes
Naughty Children by Lisa Wheeler. This hilarious parody of
rhymes is perfect for kids who feel like they’re always in
and parents will laugh out loud as they relate to stories of children
Soup Opera by Jim
Gill was written to be sung with gusto. A man goes into a prominent
restaurant and orders soup. When it comes, he tells the waiter he
can’t eat it.
The waiter calls for the cook, who calls the police chief, who calls
who calls for the President of the United States, who asks (or rather
can’t you eat the soup?" To which he replies, “I
don’t have a spoon."
This book tickles the funny bone.
The Other Half of My
Heart by Sundee Frazier is a unique story of biracial twins,
Keira. The twins visit their African American grandmother to compete in
Miss Black Pearl Preteen of America contest. Growing up in Portland,
the pair have grown used to stares when people learn they're twins. Keira is dark like her mom
and Minni has fair
skin and red hair like her Dad. When they reach the South to stay with
Minni is now faced with feelings of not belonging, similar to those her
had in Portland.
Their friendship is tested as they both learn what role race plays in a
person's character. Minni struggles with her aspiration to be a black
like Martin Luther King Jr., because everyone, with the exception of
family, tells her she isn't black.
back in time with this charming collection of tales
about a little Dutch girl who’s sweeter than scones with
cream. In The Milly Molly Mandy Storybook
Joyce Brisley, Milly Molly Mandy lives in a nice white cottage with her
and Mother and Grandpa and Grandma and Uncle and Auntie.
She’s delighted by the
smallest of wonders, like discovering a rabbit after having bad luck
blackberries. She saves her pennies to throw a party for her family,
the postman, and the town shopkeeper. This old-fashioned prose is so
that both boys and girls will beg for more Milly-Molly-Mandy.
Shooting Kabul by
N.H. Senzai, provides an excellent portrait of a Muslim family in the
before and after September 11th.
Fadi and his family flee Afghanistan,
after the Taliban demand his father become the ambassador to the United
When the family jumps on the truck to escape the country,
Fadi’s sister, Mariam
lets go of Fadi's hand and is left in Afghanistan. The family does their best
to coordinate a search
where they seek asylum just before the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Fadi
win a photography contest to win the grand prize, a trip to India!
to use the opportunity to hop the border and find his lost sister. The
gives a child’s perspective on how difficult it was to be
Muslim after the fall
of the twin towers, with people calling Fadi a terrorist. He also
and guilt, believing that Mariam's predicament is his fault. Fadi
Mariam’s predicament is his fault. The surprise ending will
bring a tear to
Belly Up by
Stuart Gibbs, Teddy Fitzroy is living every kid's dream. Teddy lives at
a zoo, where
his parents work. When the zoo’s famous, but rather
belligerent mascot, Henry the
Hippo, is found dead in his pen, Teddy sneaks into the autopsy and
veterinarian say that Henry was murdered. When the head of Public
the veterinarian to cover it up, Teddy decides he'll find the killer on
This could prove fatal for Teddy, when mysterious "accidents" find
him face to face with killer animals on two separate occasions. Teddy
owner's daughter Summer need to solve the murder quickly as other
and the list of suspects grows longer.
suspense keeps readers on the edge of their seat and the
authentic tone of this fictional tale gives young readers a look into
habitats and nature of wild animals.
|by Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services
October 15, 2011
aren’t only for children and teens.
Writers and artists are using the graphic
novel to tell powerful stories
using both text and pictures. Talking
dogs, a famous physicist, cartoon mice, World War II soldiers, child
determined detectives are featured in some of the library’s
new adult graphic
towards our noble deaths byMizuki, Shigeru. The first
translation of the work of 90-year-old Mizuki, a celebrated gekiga and
artist in Japan
for more than 40 years, is based on Mizuki's own experiences in the
Army in WWII. The story follows the fate of doomed troops fighting in New Guinea
they face hunger, malaria, and the brutality of their own officers, who
administer nightly beatings. Mizuki illustrates the soldiers in a
"cartoony" style, but uses a detailed, realistic style for his
backgrounds and landscape panels, capturing the beauty and desolation
remote locate. The dual styles underline the complexity of the story,
alternates between broad comedy mocking the absurdity of the army's
and growing horror at the abuse of the infantrymen and the officers'
to the idea that one must die for one's country.
Habibi by award winning graphic novelist
Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and
industrial clutter, Habibi
tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves
bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that
between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart;
struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own)
by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary
frailty-of their connection. In addition to richly detailed
the gorgeous Arabic ornamental calligraphy makes each page an
Race to Death
Valley by Floyd Gottfredson. Mickey Mouse wasn't always
the cute and
harmless rodent of Disney mega branding fame-- the early years of
quite a bit rougher. The first in a series, "Race to Death Valley" compiles the daily
newspaper strips written by the
inventive Gottfredson (often working from story and character concepts
by Walt himself) between April 1930 and January 1932, interwoven with
thoughtful essays by fellow Disney artists. Gottfredson's strips are
with incident and detail, energized with a loopy energy that matches
determination of Mickey himself. Running pell-mell from one dangerous
to the next (spooky houses and runaway trains predominate), Mickey is
and fire as he confronts louts like Pegleg Pete and the Fox while
his risk-prone flapper girlfriend, Minnie: "Give up?? Never!!"
Mr. Murder is dead: a graphic novel by Victor Quinaz.
In his twilight years, retired cop Gould Kane
slips from being a famous detective. Haunted by the memory of his arch
Kane drinks away his misery and tries to let go of an unresolved past.
Kane's greatest villain, Mr. Murder, finally emerges from years of
criminal mastermind once again marches into the spotlight-- to die.
death is the catalyst for his greatest scheme yet.
Feynman, written by Jim Ottaviani and
Leland Myrick, presents
larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist,
musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the
century: Richard Feynman. Following
story of the great man's life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the
Manhattan Project and the Challenger
disaster, Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader
by Feynman's exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered
Wonder Dog by
Adam Hines. Set
in a world almost exactly like ours, except that all animals can talk,
still have dominion over everything, and a lot of animals aren't too
about it; they also see the world in very different ways from each
from people. The central plot of this volume is what happens after an
animal-rights organization run by a deranged, bloodthirsty macaque
bomb at a human college, but that's just a springboard for Hines to
what he can do. Nearly every page has some kind of stunning visual set
Hines' range of black-and-white drawing styles incorporate clean-lined
"bigfoot" cartooning, hyper-stylized abstract landscapes and
near-photorealism, often on the same page.
Noche Roja written by
Simon Oliver, art by Jason Latour. Ex-cop
Jack Cohen, now a hard-drinking home-security salesman, is hired by aid
Paloma Flores to find out who’s killing young women who work
in sweatshops just
south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Many have died, she says, and no
anything. Cohen takes the job, but he is haunted by something from his
hiring of him isn’t what it seems
to be, either. Oliver’s
tale of abused
people trapped in hopeless circumstances is wrenching, and its
reality—serial killers on the blood-drenched border,
trade zones,” government corruption and
profiteering—gives it real power.
|by Caroline Jordan, Collection
October 15, 2011
|Great Michigan Read
Great Michigan Read, a program of the Michigan
Humanities Council, presents its 2011/2012 book selection, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and
Murder in the Jazz Age by
Kevin Boyle. The 2004
National Book Award winner tells the story of Dr. Ossian Sweet, an
American doctor who tested the limits of Jim Crow in 1925 Detroit
when he and his family moved into a
white neighborhood. Someone in the Sweet’s home fired into
the mob gathered
outside the house, killing a white man. The eleven people in the home,
including Sweet’s wife, were charged with murder and defended
Darrow. Their legal battle had a profound impact on the movement toward
rights in the United States.
Boyle will present at Peter White Public Library on
Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room. A free public
question and answer session, book sales, and autographing will follow.
the Michigan Humanities Council will be here to introduce Boyle and
number of other exciting programs regarding the Great
Michigan Read will take place at Peter White Public Library from late
through the end of January 2012. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call
Dr. Sweet was
part of the Great Migration. An in-depth narrative about this movement
found in The Warmth of Other Suns by
Isabel Wilkerson. This classic immigrant story focuses on the lives of
African Americans who were part of the exodus of almost six million
fled Jim Crow South between 1915 and 1970. Wilkerson looks at how this
movement changed the culture, politics and social environment of
and the country. While
the book explores
shocking aspects of our country's history, its stories affirm the
humanity of millions of people who survive racist policies and culture. Wilkerson's book was named
one of the NY
Times Book Review’s Best Books of 2010.
Pinner's ancestors migrated from Mississippi
where Pinner grew up in a large extended
African American family that loved cooking and eating. Pinner has
number of delicious sounding and delightful looking recipes in two
cookbooks, Sweets: Soul Food Desserts
and Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection
of Womanish Observations, With Pie. Pinner's first pie at the
age of three
was made with fresh mud and love, garnished with rose petals. Her
improved and the love remained, a good thing because in this family,
seduction begins in the kitchen. Both cookbooks are full of family
maxims, and vintage photographs.
Arc of Justice
we begin to comprehend the effect of policy, both official and
terms of segregated housing in Detroit,
especially as it regarded the Sweet family. Beryl Satter's 2009 book, Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and
the Exploitation of Black Urban America,
investigates racist real-estate practices in Chicago after
World War II. Satter looks at how
social, institutional, and legal racism and greed resulted in
and urban decay in cities across the country. She writes about the
community reformers to bring about justice. Satter concludes with
the subprime mortgage crisis and the legislation which allowed these
story of a 19th century community whose
citizens decided to develop a place where people could live as equals,
work together and intermarry, is found in A
Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith
Anna-Lisa Cox. This story of the struggles, ideals, brave choices,
power sharing, and the recognition and celebration of differences by
residents of Covert, Michigan, a small community near the shores of
Lake Michigan, is a testament of possibility and hope in a regional and
national environment of segregation and discrimination.Not far from Covert are the
communities of Benton
and St. Joseph, Michigan,
two cities divided by the St. Joseph
economics, and race. In The Other Side of
the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death and America's Dilemma,
Kotlowitz examines the mystery surrounding the death of Eric McGinnis,
African American teenager whose body was found in the river in May
the author nor the police successfully solved this case; however,
investigative reporting as he examines McGinnis's death and the history
communities is very readable and revealing of race issues around the
Back in Detroit,
you may want more historical background on the city's African American
community to better understand the situation in which Dr. Sweet found
himself. Before the Ghetto: Black Detroit
in the Nineteenth Century by David M. Katzman examines the
economic history of Detroit's
Black population focusing on race relations, housing patterns and class
If you don't mind crushed bodies, for fast-paced fun read The Detroit Electric Scheme, D. E.
Johnson's first novel. Set in 1911, you'll get Detroit
history, mystery, organized crime, violence
and romance, and learn a bit about the development of early electric
automobiles. The Dodge brothers and a young Edsel Ford are notorious
delightful characters, respectively. Johnson's grandfather was vice
of Checker Motors so automotive history is in Johnson's blood. A
arrived and promises to fly even faster, but don't peak ahead!
|by Cathy Seblonka, Youth
October 8, 2011
are cooler, daylight is shorter and the autumn color is waning. Once
outside chores are done, reading becomes a pastime for more of us
living in the
U.P. If you need
suggestions to get in a
reading-mode, some of the latest books added to the new book kiosk are
Rendell’s latest mystery, THE VAULT,
is a sequel to her 1998 classic entitled A
Sight for Sore Eyes. Inspector Wexford is called back from
aid the London Police in solving murders. His meticulous method of
facts and processing them find many possible murderers, but he uses his
experience of working with the criminal mind to narrow down the list of
suspects. This Wexford story can stand alone, although Rendell does
plot a tale for longtime followers.
Book of Mortals is the first
book in a new series
by best-selling author Ted Dekker. Dekker is joined by Tosca Lee to
futuristic thriller. Their main character, Rom, is living in a perfect
world—there’s peace, equality, no war, and no
emotion except fear itself. All
of humanity has been genetically stripped of emotion. Rom discovers a
blood and a cryptic note from his father. What should he do? True to
fans, this dark novel is loaded with twists and turns.
Enright uses her native Dublin
as the location in her book entitled THE
It’s a novel
that relates the many side stories when a love affair happens. We learn
husband reacts, and what his wife does. But, more importantly, we see
happens to the life of Evie, his 12-year-old daughter.
Enright’s prose takes
the reader through the emotions of life as she compares it to her
LIONHEART by Sharon Kay
Penman relates more
tales about Richard the Lionheart. Third son of King Henry II and
Aquitaine, Richard I inherits the English throne as he leaves to fight
Third Crusade. Penman weaves a beautiful story set in medieval history
her thorough research of Richard as a warrior-king. The nearly 600
turn some people off, but it reads easily in a quiet setting.
Bohjalian’s THE NIGHT STRANGERS is
thrilling ghost story set in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
commercial pilot Chip Linton and his family have relocated to begin a
after a tragic aircraft accident which Chip had piloted. They find the
“39” to be a particularly strange number that keeps
people died in Chip’s accident, thirty-nine carriage bolts in
basement door... Bohjalian
suspense time and again during this novel.
character Virgil Flowers has his fifth adventure in SHOCK
WAVE: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sanford. Flowers is a
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Agent who loves his work. Two
have gone off at properties belonging to PyeMart megastores. Several
not want a new store to go up. Who’s behind the bombs? It
becomes Flowers’ job
to find that out when he is called to the case from vacation. Using
investigative approaches and good old common sense, he narrows the
down. He must find the bomber before more are killed.
Marisa de los Santos
is a Reader’s Choice book for library and community book
groups for 2012. It begins
with a trio of college friends – Cat (Catalina), Pen
(Penelope) and Will, who
come together at a 10th class reunion after
growing apart in their
adult lives. What should be a happy reunion is full of stress. De los Santos’ writing style
creates a good mystery as Pen, Pen’s
daughter and Will jet halfway around the globe to the Philippines
looking for the
|by Vicki Mann, Reference Dept.
October 1, 2011
a new author in town and
his name is Matt Faulkner. Although he’s visiting Marquette
for the first time, Faulkner has
illustrated and written children’s books for over twenty
made his mark on biographies and
American history books for children by adding illustrations of historic
look like they came from a comic strip.
The subdued colors give the impression that
the pictures are old, but
Faulkner puts a fresh spin on the illustrations.
History has never been so interesting!
Taste of Colored Water,”
written and illustrated by Faulkner, takes readers back to the south in
1960’s when Civil Rights demonstrations were in full swing. On the school playground,
Lulu and Jelly hear
about a colored water fountain in the city, which they look for on
trip to town. As
you may have guessed,
Lulu and Jelly have an enlightening adventure and find that the
splashes out regular water; the “colored” sign
separates water drinkers by
their skin color.
Tall, Abe Lincoln” and
“You’re On Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt”
both by Judith St. George, tell the
childhood stories of these well known presidents.
The author emphasizes Abe Lincoln’s
reading and Teddy Roosevelt’s love of nature throughout the
stages and personal
trials of their young lives.
Henry Ford Met Santa”
by Carol Hagen is really a story about the Ford Company’s
assembly line which
used standardized parts to increase the number of cars made, while
the price of the cars, which didn’t require customized labor
son, Edsel, is center stage in the
book as he writes a letter to Santa.
the story turns to fantasy as Ford makes a trip to the North Pole,
assembly line is already in use by Santa’s efficient elves. To balance off the trip to
there’s a Model T photograph and historic information from
The Henry Ford
Museum in Dearborn,
Dames” and “Thank
You Sarah,” both written by Laurie Halse Anderson, take a
lighter approach to
history and Faulkner’s illustrations just add to the fun. The first title follows a
timeline from 1763,
following some lesser known women through the Revolutionary War and
1791. The second
title has a subtitle,
“The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving,” referring to
Sarah Hale’s crusade to make
Thanksgiving a national holiday. She
wrote letters to public officials for years, not to be taken seriously
Abraham Lincoln granted her request as a way to unify the country
Faulkner will be talking to
teachers this week at the Upper Peninsula Reading Conference and has
Peter White Public Library presentation, including book signing and art
activities, on Wednesday, October 12th at7:00 pm.
All are welcome, especially older elementary
and middle school students.
|by Lynette Suckow, Website
September 10, 2011
|Historic Fiction - Teens
engagingly written and well-researched works of
historical fiction can be found on the library's Teen Fiction shelves:
McKernan's riveting novel The Devil's Paintbox
follows the 1865 westward journey of
16-year-old Aiden and his younger sister Maddie after the two are left
to survive, on their parents' drought-ravaged Kansas ranch. To pay for
mile journey to Oregon
via wagon train, Aiden signs on to be an indentured servant at a
logging camp. Vividly
depicting the beauty and dangers of the frontier west, McKernan's
novel incorporates historical events like the Sand Creek massacre and
threat to Native Americans from smallpox, which they called "the
Kidd was inspired to write Monkey Town
after listening to an elderly woman who, as a young
girl, had witnessed firsthand the 3-ring circus surrounding the 1925
"monkey trial." Fifteen-year-old
Frances Robinson narrates this semi-biographical story
of the publicity stunt that evolved into "the trial of the century",
after the Dayton,
school board had teacher John Scopes
arrested and prosecuted for teaching evolution. Kidd blends the facts
event with fictional interactions between Frances, her beloved teacher
Scopes, and larger-than-life characters like Clarence Darrow, William
Bryan and H.L. Mencken.
As World War II
was being fought overseas, the
battle to defeat tuberculosis was being waged on the home front. Queen of Hearts, by award-winning author
Martha Brooks, takes readers into the world of "TB exiles",
patients who were quarantined in sanatoriums. When Canadian teen Marie
and her younger brother are stricken with TB and sent to a local
Marie Claire is forced to "chase the cure" even as she watches the
slow decline of her brother and other patients. Brooks tells a
story of one headstrong girl's emotional growth and search for love
of age in a hospital bed. The author herself was born and
raised on the
grounds of the Manitoba Sanitorium, where her father was a surgeon and
mother a nurse.
Hurricane Song by
Paul Volponi is a slender book with a powerful message about our
utter failure to alleviate human misery in the aftermath of Hurricane
Following his mother’s remarriage, 16-year-old Miles goes to New Orleans
to live with his musician father
only two months before Katrina hits. Unable to flee the city before the
Miles is shuffled into the Superdome with his father and uncle, where
combination of too many people and too little space quickly turns their
of refuge into a nightmare of crime and deprivation, with no relief in
The Girl Is Murder,
author Kathryn Miller Haines spices up the history with a large dose of
mystery. It’s 1942 and Iris Anderson’s father is
back from the war, trying to
make a living as a private detective in spite of being slowed down by a
leg. Iris longs to help out, but her “Pop” forbids
it. When Pop takes on a case
that involves a boy at her high school, the irrepressible Iris begins
investigating behind Pop's back and quickly masters the art of
its great cast of characters, intrigue and period slang, this book
reads like 1940’s
|by Mary Schneeberger, Teen
September 10, 2011
Peter White Public Library offers these new adult
Drinking from the Fire Hose:
Making Smarter Decisions
Without Drowning in Information by Christopher J. Frank
and Paul F. Magnone.
constant access to information via smart-phones,
computers, and the media, getting information can be like drinking from
hose. Christopher Frank is the president of American Express, and his
Paul Magnone spent 21 years at IBM. The authors pose practical
answer them in detail, such as “How often do you leave a
meeting with more
questions than answers?” New Adult Non-Fiction
Fever: Little Willie John, a
Fast Life, Mysterious Death and
the Birth of Soul: The Authorized Biography by Susan
Wonder once said, “My mother told me, if you call
yourself 'Little' Stevie Wonder you'd better be as good as Little
John." Born in Arkansas
in 1937, William
Edward John’s family moved to Detroit
when he was four so that his father could pursue work in the factories.
living to age 30, Little Willie John’s life was short and
tumultuous, but he
left his mark on the music world. His trademark blues-rock inspired
followed him. He is credited as one of the founders of soul music.
New Adult Non-Fiction 780.92 JO
Pool Player's Edge
by Gerry Kanov and Shari
and secrets for every aspect of your pool game. Covers
strategy for the most popular forms of the game. Contains step-by-step
professional instructions and over 200 full-color detailed diagrams.
New Adult Non-Fiction 794.733 KA
Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry
It, Too: The Modern
Step-By-Step Guide to Preserving Food by Daniel Gasteiger.
Whether you grow your own food, or just like the way
homemade food tastes, canning and preserving is a good way to save the
tastes of summer. Step by step instructions and illustrations fill this
book. New Adult Non-Fiction 641.42 GA
The Ancient Guide to Modern Life
by Natalie Haynes.
and serious at the same time, comedienne Haynes
gives an overview of the ancient world, and what we can take away from
apply to our modern lives. Written in a monologue style, she covers a
topics that we are still grappling with today including politics, law,
religion, the arts, and money. It makes the classical world both
and fun. New Adult Non-Fiction 930 HA
Generation Freedom : the Middle East
Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World by Bruce S.
the spring of 2011, a number of uprisings occurred in the Middle East that made the world
Drawing on his many years of experience traveling in the area, Fieler
background to these events, and what it means for the future.
New Adult Non-Fiction 323.044 FE
|by BruceMacDonald, Circulation
September 3, 2011
|Back to School
Just as the stores and their sales are there to
with all the concrete things they need to buy for their children who
back to school, the Peter White Public Library is prepared to help with
abstract things that parents are thinking about.
The Lunchbox Book by Penny Stanway, The Healthy Lunchbox:
How to plan, prepare & pack stress-free meals kids will love by
McClendon, and Love in a
Lunch Box: 101 suggestions for happier, healthier
lunches by Carole Raymond are all great books for parents who feel
it comes to that ominous question of what to pack for lunch.
The Complete IEP Guide: How to
advocate for your special ed
child by Laurence Siegel and from Emotions to Advocacy: The special
survival guide by
Peter Wright can help parents, like myself,
who’s child my need some
extra services during school hours.
Titles like these can help you navigate the
system and figure out what
your child’s rights are.
Another book that addresses the issue
of student rights is We
the Students: Supreme Court cases for and about students
by Jamin B.
Raskin. The cases
involve issues that
are of high interest to students, such as drug testing and privacy,
discrimination, school presses, free speech, and religion in public
For the many parents in this area who
homeschool, back to
school still means a change in routine.
One new title they might find helpful is 100 Top Picks for Homeschool
Curriculum: Choosing the right curriculum and approach for
learning style by Cathy Duffy. The
Library also has titles that support the Waldrof, Montessorri, Hyde
and other curriculum.
Another population that is thinking a
lot about the back to
school transition is, of course, teachers.
Early Learning: Tips and strategies for working well
with families by Julie Powers is directed primarily to early childhood
and includes strategies for good communication and problem-solving
child care teachers and parents.
Parents and teachers alike may
appreciate the many books the
library has collected on how to maximize our children’s
can choose from titles such as Different
Learners: Identifying, preventing, and treating your
problems by Jane M.
Passionate Learner: How teachers and parents can help
children reclaim the joy
of discovery by Robert L. Fried, Bright
Minds, Poor Grades by Michael D.
Whitley, and Your
Child's Strengths: Discover them, develop them, use them
Michael Sullivan is a librarian who
has earned a reputation
as a strong advocate for boys who struggle with literacy. His book Connecting Boys With Books 2:
Closing the reading gap will appeal to parents who want to inspire
Parents who are more concerned with
the social aspects of
school might be interested in The
Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From
preschool to high school--how parents and teachers can help break the
violence by Barbara Coloroso.
|by Ellen Moore, Reference Desk
August 20, 2011
The Money Class:
Learn to Make Your New American Dream
In her newest
book, Suze Orman offers a master class on personal finance, covering
of the American Dream–family matters, homeownership, saving
emergencies, and retirement. Using no-nonsense rhetoric, she encourages readers to
“stand in your
truth” by “living below your means but within your
needs” in order to live a
life of integrity and honesty that will create an enduring legacy for
generations. In short, Suze Orman wants all Americans to create a New
Dream that lies in truth, financial freedom, and peace of mind.
Feeling Lucky: Confessions of Goggle Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards
Douglas Edwards offers an inside
the early days of Google from his viewpoint as Google's first director
marketing and brand management. Used
a more structured business work environment, Edwards was amazed by the
camaraderie and competition he found at Google where everyone was
equally and every employee was encouraged to define a problem or
work independently on it. As one book reviewer put it, “I'm
captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly
culture of the world's most transformative corporation.” If you’d like to
learn more about the
business created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, this book will give you
2011 State of the
World: Innovations That Nourish the Planet by the Worldwatch
latest report from the Worldwatch Institute explores
the current global food crisis by examining connections between hunger,
poverty, and environmental degradation and documents many of the
that will allow billions
to feed themselves while restoring rural economies and providing for
sustainable agriculture. Two
the topics discussed are “Getting
More Crop per Drop” and “Harnessing
the Knowledge and Skills of Women
2011 report has easy-to-read
graphs and charts as
well as photographs from all over the world.
Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: Practical Strategies for
by Mark Miller
Mark Miller gives realistic
money, work, and living that can be used for retirement security
tough economy. An
expert on aging,
retirement, business, and economics, Miller discusses annuities and
Security, 401(k)s and IRAs, taxes, and health care in his book. Mark
writes the syndicated weekly column “Retire Smart”
and contributes to CBS
Moneywatch.com and the Huffington Post, and also publishes
Boom: Why the Dow Will Hit 38,820 and How
You Can Profit From It by
Jeffrey A. Hirsch
Boom Jeffrey Hirsch follows in the
footsteps of his famous father, Yale Hirsch who made the prediction in
1970s that there would be 500% move in the Dow. Jeffrey Hirsch
similar claims: “Throughout this book, we demonstrate that
the coming super
boom is not only plausible, but mathematically and historically
of this magnitude have happened several times throughout history, and
always been preceded by tumultuous times and economic
book covers Jeff's Dow 38,820 prediction
in detail and discusses the best investment strategies to
such a rise in the stock market. As one reviewer says, “To
investor I say, Read Super Boom or
Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit,
Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration from O
This first annual
edition of Live Your Best Life by
Oprah Magazine presents over 100 of the magazine’s best
articles from the last
two years. Contributors such as Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, Martha Beck, and
offer entertaining, insightful articles that will guide you toward
and physical and spiritual well being. Live
Your Best Life is a treasury of wisdom you’ll refer
to over and over again.
Next Decade: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re
by George Friedman
Author of the New
York Times bestseller, The Next 100 Years,
intelligence expert, George Friedman, examines the impact of current
making, especially of the United
government, on the world and argues for an end to the reluctance, as he
it, of the United States
to get involved in global affairs.
Friedman looks at the strategies of past
presidents and discusses what
President Obama and succeeding presidents must do about terrorism and
technology to manage geopolitical relationships in various regions
world. The wealth
information Friedman includes in his book brings depth and clarity to
discussion of the next ten years.
|by Lisa Shirtz, Reference Dept.
July 23, 2011
For an end
of the summer season beach read, head over to the library, and check
Cavender’s “A Slice of Murder”. The
cover design features a delicious looking pizza, and the book contains
dough and sauce recipe at the conclusion of the mystery. The author, writing under
a pseudonym, is an
Agatha Award nominee and has made the national bestseller list nine
times. The plot has
lots of twists and turns and is
set in the little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina. Pizza parlor owners and
sisters, Eleanor and
Maddy discover a blackmailing plot, romances gone wrong and laundered
practices. They try
to stay a step ahead
of a killer while keeping the ovens fired at their pizza business.
If you have
a fall wedding coming up, the next two new non-fiction selections may
you’re in charge of the
wedding shower, check out, “Simple Stunning Wedding
Showers” by Karen Bussen,
with photographs by William Geddes.
Searching for menu ideas....how about
“gruyere-stuffed dinner rolls” or
“garlic-kick mashed sweet potatoes”?
upside-down cakes” look adorable for dessert!
The photos of all the food options are really
fun to look at. Ingredients
easy and affordable. There
suggestions for showers as well as tailoring the event to a
bride’s style, such
as the “bohemian bride”, and “pampered
of original ideas abound for making the
bridal couple feel extra special.
wedding book in our new non-fiction selections is titled,
Handbook” by Kathy Passero. This
claims to hold savvy advice, tips to sensational showers as well as
success. For the
first time bridesmaid,
or even the seasoned one, this book will revive interest in the job,
exhaustion threatens to set in. There
are helpful expense lists, organizing tips, and a “things to
toss basics, Toasting
tips and party pointers each get sections of the book.
This is a fun book to thumb through, even if
you think you know all you need to know to be a good wedding
book with lovely photographs and unique ideas, is
“Decorate” 1,000 professional
design ideas for every room in your home, by Holly Becker and Joanna
Copestick. Look in our new non-fiction for this attractive book,
featuring flea market finds, colorful style, and layout ideas. Holly Becker has a popular
blog as well as a
weekly column in “Real Simple” magazine.
Joanna Copestick has
authored more than ten books and worked as an
interior designer, appearing on television and radio.
poignant tales and stories, turn to the next two selections,
“Gifts 2” How
People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World, edited by Kathryn Lynard
“Through My Eyes” by Tim Tebow. The
first book contains personal stories of family members and friends who
interacted in many positive ways with individuals with down syndrome. You will shed a tear or
two or laugh heartily
as you work your way through these short chapters.
Photos of the participants accompany each
book written by young football player, Tim Tebow with help from Nathan
Whitaker, tells the story of a dedicated, energetic young person who
disciplined himself at an early age to give only his best effort. As football season
descends upon us, this
book enables one to see the game through the eyes of a professional,
heart is not only in the game, but in the needs of people on the field
him, as well as those not as fortunate.
Leadership, character, competitiveness and
Christian values seem to be
what make this athlete/author tick.
The book is titled:
“Through my Eyes”.
|by Shelly Janofski, Interlibrary
July 16, 2011
city of Marquette
10 sister city delegates from Kajaani, Finland
week. They’ll be in town next week as well, experiencing the
economic, cultural and historic facets of the Upper
Peninsula’s Queen City.
Peter White Public Library has a vast Finnish collection, both in
Finnish. Readers can delve into the city of Kajaani by
going to the Sister City Room on
the main floor of the library and checking out these books:
by Matti Koskela offers a smattering of Koskela’s works. This
artist and professor at the Art
of the Finnish
was inspired by
the forests and fields of Kainuu. Many of the etchings, sculptures,
and commissioned pieces reflect the beauty of the area in and around
would a Finnish collection be, without a sauna book? Finnish
Sauna: Design, Construction and Maintenance
includes 11 types of saunas along with information on how to plan and
sauna, furnishings, stoves, plumbing and smoke saunas. Photos accompany descriptions,
giving sauna novices
an idea of how many ways people enjoy this Finnish pastime.
in Kajaani’s industry? Progress in
Pictures by Paavo Tuovinen describes the history of
Kajaani Oy, the Kajaani Timber Company, from 1907-1982. Photos depict
days of moving and milling timber from the remote parts of Northern Finland. Readers also
get a glimpse of early forest management
plans and how technology advanced the timber industry. For many years
Oy was the premiere producer of newsprint and shipped to countries
Sister City Room offers resources for traveling or
studying in Kajaani. The Finland Centre
for Study in Finland: International
Programs in Finnish Higher Education
gives a brief overview of the
Finnish education system, from Comprehensive
at age 7 to University or Polytechnic School at
age 19. This
resource also includes fields of study
at several Universities in Finland
as well as financial aid opportunities and tips on studying abroad.
recognized as one of the grandfathers of
modern design in Finland,
Alvar Aalto (1878-1976) was a visionary of his time, helping to shape
design culture. Finnish Modern Design:
Utopian Ideals and Everyday Realities includes Aalto's
modernism, as well as the many other designers that contributed to the
diversity of multifaceted nature of modernism in Finland.
The first section of the
book takes the reader through modernism and cultural identity of Finland
applied arts in of the small Scandinavian country. The second section
illustrations of the exhibition.
The Howling Miller
by Arto Paasilinna is a fictional tale of a 1940’s miller in
a small town in Northern Finland.
Eccentric is a tame word for this
military veteran who takes to howling at night and imitating animals
townspeople. In the beginning, his neighbors make sport of him, but
tired of the “madman,” and he is forced to flee
into the woods and live as a
hermit. This comical tale also includes a sweet romance which casts a
light on this literary underdog.
our juvenile section the Finnish spirit is captured in
two classics younger readers will enjoy:
Louhi, Witch of North
Farm, retold by Toni De Gerez, is a younger version of the
tale taken from
the Kalevala, the famous Finnish Epic. Louhi, the witch of the north
farm is up
to trouble, skiing down from her farm and stealing the sun and the
takes them home to Copper Mountain
and locks them
is plunged into darkness. Vainamoinen, the music maker and Seppo, the
come up with a plan to trick Louhi
returning the sun and moon. This beautiful picture book is illustrated
Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney, capturing the winter light and
landscape of Finland.
The Book of Finnish
Elves by Mauri Kunnas tells of the delightful fairy-tale
creatures known in
Finnish households as guardian spirits. Elves inhabited each building
homestead. There were sauna elves, barn elves, household elves, stable
mill elves, and storehouse elves. They moved around when everyone in
household was asleep, performing tasks, like milking the cow or
floors. While some elves were jolly, others were mischievous. Readers
delight in these comical depictions from Finnish folklore.
|by Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services
July 9, 2011
|Nancy Shaw, Children's Author
tried and true (instead
of new) at the Peter White Public Library this week?
The answer is - children’s books by
Shaw! Her very first book was SHEEP IN A JEEP, a repetitive reader
group of sheep and their adventures while driving a jeep. This short,
story will coax the most reluctant readers to check it out. Margot Apple’s
colored pencil illustrations
lend levity to the story with facial expressions that define the
each sheep in the group.
Apple continued the
“sheep” series of books with SHEEP ON A SHIP, a sea
tale about pirate
sheep who get caught in a storm but
come to no harm, as always. Follow
fleecy group as they go to the country store to buy a birthday gift for
friend in SHEEP IN A SHOP. When the sheep sit down at a restaurant and
order a meal in SHEEP OUT TO EAT, they are trying their best to dine
properly. The truth
is they’d rather be
outside, munching on the green grass of the lawn.
In SHEEP TAKE A HIKE, the wooly wanderers
stray from the path and end up leaving patches of fluffy fleece on
bushes and thorny branches along the way.
All is not lost, as they discover how to
follow their fur back home
again. SHEEP TRICK
OR TREAT takes the
herd all around the barnyard gathering treats from other animals that
exactly match a sheep’s definition of a
BLAST OFF, the final book in the sheep
series, takes the sheep into outer space.
You can depend on each book being full of
rhyme and alliteration, making
the text easy enough for beginning readers and clever enough for adults
to an audience.
TUNE takes a different
track by featuring raccoons, out for a moonlight stroll, looking for
garbage cans. One
can with a very tight
lid takes a lot of effort to open and ends up rolling down the hill
raccoons fish the garbage
can out of the water, happy to find a nice bunch of trout in the bottom. The oil paint
illustrations by Howard Fine
show several content and well-fed raccoons on the last page of the book.
Shaw is a Michigan
author from Ann
Lucky for us, she’s traveling
next week and will make a guest
appearance, including book signing and craft activities, at the Peter
Public Library on Wednesday, July 20th at 2:00
pm. All are welcome.
|by Lynette Suckow, Website and
July 2, 2011
Riekki is energizing the U. P. about reading and writing
this summer. Riekki, who was born in Marquette,
is the author of the novel U.P. and a large
number of plays and poems.
Riekki has organized an ambitious U.P.-wide book tour with over 60
over 50 events over 30 days in 21 U.P. cities from Copper
to Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace. Visit his website
for a full schedule. The tour opened with a panel discussion at Peter
Public Library where six panelists shared their favorite Michigan
and U.P. titles.
Austin Hummell, author of Poppy,
his latest collection of poems, enjoys the beautiful
language of Riekki’s U.P.,
a raw and
gritty coming-of-age story about four friends and cousins growing up in
Negaunee in the late 1980’s. This book has been compared to Catcher in the Rye and A
Separate Peace, classic young adult
novels. My friend Wendy Irish writes, “Riekki has
demonstrated that it is time
for an update on the themes of sorting out what is what in
one’s life while
barraged by hormones, dysfunctional families, and the desperation of a
scrabble economy.” U.P.’s
humor and wordplay add to the appeal of this novel. Hummell believes
Catie Rosemurgy is one of the finest poets writing today. Her books
include My Favorite Apocalypse and The Stranger Manual which we will be
ordering soon. Hummell also mentioned Caitlin Horrocks who teaches at Grand
Some of the
stories in her brand new book, This Is
Not Your City, are set in Michigan.
Roxane Gay recommends the books of Bonnie Jo Campbell. American
Salvage, a collection of short
stories set in southwestern lower Michigan, takes another dark and
at living in a depressed rural economy, although the characters in this
may not have fared well in a strong economy either. Campbell’s
newest book, Once Upon a River, is
due out this month. This tale of a strong
heroine in which Michigan
acts as a character, is already drawing starred reviews. Gay is the
many pieces of short fiction, especially online fiction. Her book Ayiti, about Haiti,
will be released in October.
Lisa Cerasoli Weaver attended Marquette's
recent Young Authors conference
with guest author Kelly DiPucchio from downstate, and likes her books,
Spiders Through a Straw: Campfire Songs
twisted the lyrics of traditional songs such as "If You're Scary and
Know It," grossing-out parents while delighting children. Weaver's
favorite U.P. book is Tyler Tichelaar's The
Only Thing That Lasts, an old-fashioned novel about a young
boy who moves
to Marquette during World War I and grows up to become a famous author.
is the author of two books.
Falling Rock Café & Bookstore owner, Nancy Dwyer,
chose Ellen Airgood's South of Superior
and Face in the Rock by Loren
Graham as her
two favorites. Airgood runs the West Bay Diner in Grand Marais which
explain why her main characters include a pizza parlor owner and a
waitress full of personality and spunk. This debut novel is a very dear
of a young woman who returns to a tiny U.P. town on Superior's
south shore to care for an elderly
friend of her estranged grandfather. Airgood's descriptions of the Lake, small town McAllaster, and
a dozen strong and
compassionate characters are delightful. She shows why small
worth saving. Graham mixes history and story in an account of the band
Chippewa who lived on Grand Island.
from Snowbound Books announced that Michigan State University Press
reprinted Laughing Whitefish by
Robert Traver. In
this courtroom drama set in Marquette
in 1873, Charlotte Kawbawgam seeks legal justice for her father who led
from the Jackson Mining Company to iron ore deposits. In return, he was
small share in the mine, but new owners refuse to honor this bequest. Matthew
Fletcher, Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan
foreword to this beautiful new edition.
shared Cold by
John Smolens, a thrilling tale of murder, betrayal, tenderness and love
the U.P. one wintry, blizzardy season. Smolens’ new book, The Schoolmaster’s Daughter,
due out this September, is on my
reading list. Smolens won the 2010 Michigan Author Award from the
Library Association. The children's novels of Carroll Watson Rankin are
they are good fun. Her most famous book, Dandelion
Cottage, tells the story of four girls, the
caretaker’s cottage at St. Paul’s,
and a lawn of
dandelions. Her Castaways of Pete’s
is set at the Little Garlic where the Rankins had a camp. Stump
takes place on Arch St.
and The Adopting of Rosa Marie is
based on Grandmother Watson. Rankin started writing for The
Mining Journal at age
15. She always had nice cats, so if you wanted a kitten, you knew where
Rankin’s daughter, Phyllis, was the long time librarian of
Peter White Public
Library. Nancy Bailey’s Clifford of
Drummond Island is a collection of delightful horse tales.
Nancy will appear at Peter White on July 26 at 3:00 p.m. The U.P. Book
inspiring me to read more U.P. authors. I just started Lauri
Anderson’s Misery Bay
and Mosquito Conversations. So far,
so good. Travel the U.P.--Read It! Thanks, Ron!
|by Cathy Seblonka, Youth
June 25, 2011
|Large Print Books
June was an exciting month
for large print
readers and others with vision problems! Just in time for summer
reading the library has added over 50 new books in our large print
collection, thanks to a donation from generous patrons, and had staff
training on our new adaptive technology computer station. The
adaptive technology computer station is now available for patrons who
have trouble reading a standard computer screen. Patrons can
choose between two separate adaptive software packages to imporve their
access to programs such as Microsoft Windows or to the World Wide Web.
Both ZoomText and Jaws software allow users to adjust the
magnification level of the screen display and include a synthesized
voice reader option that allows the user to listen to the text on the
screen. Whether you're surfing the web, creating a document
emailing your friends ZoomText and Jaws let you see, hear and use all
of your applications more easily than ever.
Some of the new
large print titles we've just added include:
Hunting for Hemingway
by Diane Gilbert Madsen. Although insurance investigator DD
has always had her choice of lovers, she's been spectacularly unlucky
in love. Now one of DD's former flames claims to have
the legendary stories and poems that Hemingway's first wife lost while
on a train to Switzerland in 1922. Barnes plans to auction them off for
millions, but are they truly the lost Hemingway works or are they
forgeries? DD's quest to prove the manuscripts genuine puts her on the
trail of a killer. The hunter quickly becomes the hunted when
someone tries to stop her--dead.
There are people
out there, millions
of them, who act as if they still believe everything their mothers told
them in the first six months of life: they're the nicest, most
beautiful, most promising and intelligent bags of flesh ever to walk
the earth, and anybody who can't see it is a jealous fool. We
call these people shmucks. In How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck),
bestselling author Michael Wex offers a wise and witty guide to being a
good human being, regardless of your religion or belief - a blueprint
for living a decent and moral life, acting with self-control instead of
self-denial, and winning through cooperation rather than competition.
It's a fast-paced and entertaining adventure into the wisdom
the ages, wherever that wisdom may be found.
extraordinary deeds even from ordinary people, and Muriel Gardner was
anything but ordinary..." In Muriel's
author Sheila Isenberg sets the story straight about this an American
heiress turned resistance hero. Muriel Gardiner was an
electrifying woman who impressed everyone she met with her beauty and
intelligence. Her adventurous life led her from Chicago's
society to a Viennese medical school, and then to the Austrian
underground. Over the years, she saved countless Jews and
anti-fascists, providing shelter and documents ensuring their escape.
In Dead Zero
from New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner,
Stephen Hunter, comes a thriller that plunges deep into the world of
high-tech national security, the hearts and minds of those who kill for
duty, and the latest mission for veteran sniper Bob Lee Swagger--who
may have finally met the only man who can outshoot him.
Eerie twists of
fate drive the four longish stories in Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars.
In "1922", a farmer murders his wife to retain the family
she hopes to sell, then watches his life unravel hideously as the
consequences of the killing suggest a near-supernatural revenge.
"Big Driver" tells of an otherwise ordinary woman who
her extraordinary capacity for retribution after she is raped and left
for dead. "A Good Marriage" explores the aftermath of a
discovery of her milquetoast husband's sinister secret life, while
"Fair Extension" the book's most disturbing story, follows the
relationship between a man and the best friend on whom he shifts all
his bad luck and misfortune. These tales show how a skilled
storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction
By way of her
adventures with seven birds - wild, tame, exotic and common - Sy
Montgomery in Birdology
teaches us that birds are far stranger, more wondrous, and at the same
time, more like us than we might have dared to imagine. And
despite birds' and humans' disparate evolutionary paths, we share
emotional and intellectual abilities that allow us to communicate and
even form deep bonds.
|by Caroline Jordan, Collection
June 4, 2011
Summer is a
time for travel and for some it means a time to hunt down more of their
tree. Tracing your family back to when they came to Marquette, the
state of Michigan
or elsewhere can become a family vacation. Genealogy information cannot
found locally if you don’t live in the area where your
ancestors were. Before
you leave Marquette
and venture on your own family quest, PWPL has some excellent titles to
in your genealogy search.
addition, The Troubleshooter’s
Do-It-Yourself Genealogy by W. Daniel Quillen, is a good
example. This 2010
book provides help for getting started in genealogy. It also gives
the avid genealogist when a brickwall is hit. Everyone needs help
this book can help find family facts.
& resources by
Carol McGinnis is another new book; however, it is located upstairs in
the Genealogy Collection section.
compilation of several topics that can assist a genealogist in finding
information located in Michigan.
Ms. McGinnis suggests looking in religious records, funeral homes and
records to discover when a relative died and where he or she was
genealogy societies can help to obtain family facts, too. The book
societies throughout Michigan.
This is definitely a wealth of information for the researcher within
Shown Mills wrote the next helpful genealogy book, Evidence!
Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian. Ms. Mills
points out that it’s not just the familial information that
one finds, but the
proof or evidence that the information is correct and can be proven is
makes it good. As a genealogist collects data, (s)he needs to document
came from. That documentation needs to be in a standard format that
shares so everyone can understand the information.
Your Ancestors: a
genealogist’s guide to using maps and geography by Melinda
Kashuba shows a different
way to search for your ancestors’ information. Basic map
reading is a necessity
when looking for facts about family homesteads. A genealogist needs to
also, that borders of townships, counties and even states have moved
years. Comparing old and new maps can lend insight into a
family’s history. An
interesting type of “map” to look at is the Sanborn
Fire Insurance maps. These
detailed a building’s shape, size, structural components,
roof material, etc.
so that fire responders and insurance companies would know what they
dealing with. FYI—one of the Library’s online
databases is the Sanborn Maps for Michigan
cities dating from the 1800’s through 1946. This is provided
through our Superiorland
Library Cooperative. For those who like to touch the real thing, the
has the actual Sanborn Fire Maps for Marquette City in
its John M.
also has two other genealogy online databases. The Library provides
use of Ancestry.com-Library Edition. This
database can search approximately
4,000 databases including census, birth,
death, and marriage
records plus other data from the United
and some other countries. It
copies of WWI Draft Registration Cards, the Social
(updated monthly) and a strong
Online is provided by
the Library of
Michigan through its e-library services located at mel.org. In addition to
census information, HeritageQuestOnline can search for books and
about people or places. It will search Revolutionary War records that
pensions and bounty land applications. This database is one of the few
searches the Freedmen’s Bank for African-American information.
If you need
a break from searching for genealogy information, there are several
loosely based on the topic. One series is written by Rett MacPherson.
have genealogist and mother of three Torie O’Shea coping with
life in Missouri.
can be found in Family Skeletons, A
Comedy of Heirs, Killing Cousins and other mysteries by
Death on the
Family Tree by Patricia
Sprinkle is one of her
Katharine Murray mysteries with a genealogy twist. Following her Aunt
death, Katharine discovers an unknown branch of her family headed by
than Aunt Lucy’s forgotten brother, Carter. Uncle Carter was
murdered 50 years
ago after a European trip. The story lies in how Katharine solves two
plus finds the family “jewels.”
new genealogy-related item is the One-on-One
Genealogy Class available on Wednesday nights at 7 pm. Staff
will take you
by the hand through the beginning steps of genealogy or attempt to find
illusive lost relative. Call
make an appointment to begin your genealogy search.
|by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
us explore the lives and times of the
famous, not so famous and infamous.
good biography not only tells us about a person’s life, but
also lets us know
about the times in which he or she lived.
There is no limit to the offerings of
biographical novels available
The Man Who Invented
the Computer is
the story of little known John Atanasoff by Jane Smiley. Atanasoff was a professor
of physics at Iowa
State College in the 1930’s. Tired
the repetitious mathematical calculations he was forced to do each day,
to develop a machine that would make easy work of computing. His experimentation with a
combination of the
binary number system, electronic switches, an array of capacitors and a
drum resulted in a computer machine.
Built in the basement of the ISC physics
building, his pioneering
computer laid the foundation for later developers.
co-founder of Microsoft, built his fortune on developing software for
with Bill Gates. He
tells his side of
the Microsoft partnership in Paul Allen, Idea
Man. After a
diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
in 1982, Allen scaled back at Microsoft and started to enjoy life. His involvement in
music, space discovery and brain research have left his mark on popular
and provide an entertaining read.
has made news as the “Tiger Mother”.
This biography recounts
how Chua has raised her two daughters in the way
of Chinese parents. Rather
indulging her girls, Chau prepared them for the future by arming them
skills, strong work habits and inner confidence.
She made childhood a training period with
Mandarin lessons, mathematics speed drills and two to three hours of
practice. The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
documents the life of her
family and ends with a surprising compromise.
Grier is best known for her blaxploitation roles as the sexy femme
fatale in Coffy, Foxy
Brown and Sheba Baby. Her autobiography Foxy
shares the highs and lows of her film, stage
and TV career. Grier
shares insights into celebrities and
other actors as she tells her story, but the story that resonates is
of self, her confidence and love for her family.
Darznik’s memoir The Good Daughter
weaves the story of three generations of Iranian woman into the tale of
captures the secrets,
betrayal and bond between daughter and mother to tell the hidden story
mother’s secret life and the mystery of her deceased father.
biographies are illuminating looks at the motion picture industry. Empire
of Dreams is the story of the epic life of Cecil B. DeMille
and Tough as Nails documents the
films of legendary director Richard Brooks.
Scott Eyman’s superbly researched
biography of DeMille drew from DeMille
family papers not previously available to other biographers. In his exhaustive
biography he portrays the
man whose spectacular career defined movie making as a gifted director,
family man and loyal friend.
Brooks is known for writing and directing some of the twentieth
iconic films including Blackboard Jungle,
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, In Cold Blood and Looking
for Mr. Goodbar. Douglass
K. Daniel has used studio documents and interviews from stars
and colleagues to explain the story of Brooks’ life and
by Admiral James
Stavridis is the personal story of two years in command of the United
Navy destroyer USS Barry. From
1993-1995, Stavridis was involved in operations around the world. Using his daily journals,
just what life at sea is like for the 340 member crew and how worldwide
shaped their mission.
|by Pam Christensen, Library
May 28, 2011
May 21, 2011
The Peter White Public
Library offers these new gardening
and landscaping books with the hope that the last frost is behind us.
Sugar snaps &
strawberries: simple solutions for
creating your own small-space edible garden by Andrea Bellamy.
Contains a substantial
amount of information on small-scale
gardening. It includes growing tips, popular varieties of fruits and
vegetables, what to grow, site work, plant health, and pruning.
New Adult Non-Fiction 635.0484 BE
Your farm in the city: an
urban dweller's guide to growing
food and raising livestock by Lisa Taylor.
This is a heavily
illustrated guide for growing food in the
city. Included are tips for cultivating some things that are off the
path. It includes an introduction to the concepts of edible flowers,
beekeeping, and urban farm husbandry. It has recipes, and practical
a “victory garden” approach, small property
yielding a variety of food for the
household. New Adult Non-Fiction 630.9173 TA
simple steps to earth-friendly landscapes by Laureen Rama.
Have you ever seen
someone’s yard landscaped without the
traditional lawn, heaping with bountiful flowers, tall hearty grasses,
shrubs, and intermingled vegetable gardens? Did you wonder how they
off? Author Laureen Rama, a landscape designer, shows creative ways to
a yard that looks beautiful, yet conserves water and soil, working with
property instead of against it. New Adult Non-Fiction
gardens: design eye-catching displays
with 350 easy-care plants Baldwin
by Debra Lee.
Follow-up to her 2007
book Designing with succulents.
Debra Lee shows a number of ways to
create aesthetically pleasing looks using colorful plants that require
water. Also includes plant care and propagation, as well as an
guide to a variety of plants. New Adult Non-Fiction 635.9525
Container gardening for
dummies by Bill Marken.
Another volume from the
book series with the degrading
title. Whether or not you are a true gardening dummy, this book will
cultivate a green thumb. It covers a wide variety of plants: annuals,
perennials, vegetables, and succulents. Includes indoor and outdoor
applications of container gardening. New Adult Non-Fiction
Tender: a cook and his
vegetable patch by Nigel Slater.
is one of those flexible English words that can act
as a noun, verb, or adjective. In the context of this book, all three
Written by Britain’s
foremost food writer, Tender is presented in a narrative form. It
author’s passion to cultivate, cook, and eat from a garden.
New Adult Non-Fiction 641.65 SL
|by Bruce MacDonald, Circulation
May 14, 2011
though the weather seems to have forgotten about spring, summer will
arrive. The library
has some new cd
audiobooks for your
titles I’ve enjoyed and
Stroke of Insight: a
Brain Scientist’s Personal Story by Jill Bolte Taylor was the
selected title for
the last year’s “Your Mind Matters” book
Bolte Taylor became a brain scientist to
research her brother’s mental illness.
She became a NAMI board member campaigning for
brain donations to be
used for that research. Ironically,
neuroanatomist Taylor experienced a massive stroke that erased her
walk, talk, do mathematics, read, or remember details. With the devoted
her mother, she describes her slow recovery of those abilities (and the
cultivation of new ones) and recounts exactly what happened with her
describes her "stroke of insight"--a tremendous gratitude for, and
connection with, the cells of her body and of every living thing. Read by the author and
full of insights. 5
cds (6 hrs.)
Toast: a Family
Story by Roger
his daughter, Amy--a
gifted doctor, mother, and wife--collapsed and died from an
condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the
Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and
young grandchildren. Building
small events of everyday life, Rosenblatt draws sharply etched
portraits of his
grandchildren; his stoic, gentle son-in-law; his wife, who feels
guilty that she is living her daughter's life; and Amy who emerges as a
prickly, selfless figure whose significance the author never registered
her death. Rosenblatt writes and reads his story with humor and an
with life that makes the occasional flashes of grief all the more
cds (3.5 hrs.)
For some light
moments with Betty White, 89 years
young and still keeping up an acting pace that would wear out most
folks, check out her new cd book If You
Ask Me (And of course You Won’t).
White delivers an hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life,
everything in between. 2
cds. 2.5 hrs.
you’re as old as I am, it’s hard not to be
disappointed in the 21st century. Despite every World
Fair’s prediction and the advertisements in 20th
century science fiction, we are not living in the fully automated,
atomic-powered, germ-free Utopia .
are the ray guns, the flying cars, and the hoverboards that we expected? What happened to our moon
servant robots? In Where’s My Jetpack? Roboticist
Daniel H. Wilson takes a hilarious
look at that future and shows us which technologies are already public,
the technology is not public, you will learn how to build, buy, or
steal it. Narrated
by award winner Stefan
Rudnicki. 3 cds
Grit by Charles Portis has
twice been made into award winning movies.
Now you can listen to the rousing story read
by Donna Tartt. In
the 1870s, young Mattie Ross learns that
her beloved father was gunned down by his former handyman. But even
gutsy 14-year-old is seeking vengeance, she is smart enough to figure
can't go alone after a desperado who's holed up in Indian territory. With some
fast-talking, she convinces mean, one-eyed US
"Rooster" Cogburn into going after the despicable outlaw with
her. 6 cds (6.5
on a Blue Day: a
Memoir is a journey into one of the most fascinating
minds alive today—guided
by its owner himself. Daniel
numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and can perform extraordinary
calculations in his head. He
to speak new languages fluently in a week. He has savant syndrome, an
rare condition giving him almost unimaginable mental powers, much like
Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. Unlike Hoffman, he is
capable of living a
fully independent life. Read
winner Simon Vance, is fascinating and inspiring.
6 cds (6.5 hrs
|by Caroline Jordan, Collections
May 7, 2011
Last month we paid our
income taxes, one of life's sure
things. The other sure thing, death, is accompanied by grief, pain,
questions. This is true no matter one's age. In the past year, my
several dear friends have been diagnosed with cancer. Another friend
heart disease, my Mom had a stroke, and our dog passed on. Although
us individually, it is a universal experience. One
comfort for me has been reading (no
surprise there). I read books that had nothing to do with death and
books that consider these topics. These books help me accept the
death and suffering and ease the pain.
gentle book for young children is Lois Rock's When
Good-Bye Is Forever. Rock describes
various good-byes, some short term, others long term and those that are
forever. She explores the child's feelings and shows how all things
time, the empty space is followed by happy memories, new beginnings,
hope of seeing our loved ones in heaven. The latter idea appears on the
two pages so if you don’t want to teach about heaven, you can
easily skip the
Thornhill's informative book, I Found a Dead
Bird: The Kids' Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death, begins by asking questions about life. The author looks at life expectancy,
webs, weather, extinction, and decomposition. She shows how both people
animals react to death and discusses funeral customs, the afterlife,
and how we learn from death.
Poetry speaks to the
grief of both readers and writers.
Issa, perhaps the most famous haiku
master, found poetry to be a refuge during happy and sad times. He
and fathered a beloved daughter who died at the age of two. "A dewdrop
world, so fresh, so precious, like morning dew, slips away." A
of his poems can be read in Cool
Melons—Turn to Frogs with story and translations by
Matthew Gollub. G.
Brian Karas illustrated Today and Today,
a year in the life of a family whose grandfather dies. The story is
through an arrangement of Issa’s small poems.
Adults can use picture
books to help explain death to
children. There are books that deal with the death of parents,
grandparents, relatives, friends, pets, suicide victims, and war. I Remember Miss Perry by Pat Brisson is
a moving story about the death of an elementary school teacher. Three
siblings start a business, Funerals Ltd., to bury dead critters in the
import All the Dear Little Animals
Ulf Nilsson. Always and Forever by
Alan Durant and Badger’s Parting
by Susan Varley show how friends live on in the memories and tender
by those who loved them. One of my favorites is Teresa
Bateman’s Keeper of Soles
in which Colin the
Shoemaker fools death when the barefooted Reaper comes for the
cobbler’s soul. In
a departure from his humorous stores about Elephant and Piggie and Knuffle Bunny,
Williams gives us City Dog, Country Frog
illustrated in beautiful watercolors by Jon J. Muth. In this story,
discovers the joys of a country summer while he plays with his new
who, by the way, has the most expressive face you'll ever find on a
where is Frog the following summer?
Death is the subject of
many novels for older children. We
all remember E.B. White's Charlotte's Web,
a story of the friendship between a pig and a spider, one of the
children's books since its publication in 1952. In Each
Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles, we meet ten-year-old
Comfort Snowberger who has attended 247 funerals in her
family’s funeral home.
Comfort thinks she knows a lot about death until Edisto,
her great-uncle, dies. In Julia's Kitchen
by Brenda A. Ferber, Cara's mother and sister are killed in a house
begins to heal and to reach out to her grief-stricken father after she
resurrects her mother's catering business. Questions abound for three
boys who wish to see death up close in The
Friends by Kazumi Yumoto. Deciding an old neighbor will be
the next to pass
on, they begin to watch him until their surveillance turns into
The boys learn a bit about living in this sensitive story from Japan.
different adult books I enjoyed include Everything
Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr. Junior
Thibodeaux is told in utero that the world will end in 36 years when a
hits the Earth. This prophecy shades his entire life as he struggles to
out what matters. Shortly after losing our dog, I was drawn to a photo
totally sweet dog on the cover of Emily
and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee. A quick, fun read, it is
the story of a wealthy
man who dies and returns as Einstein, a scruffy dog. His task is to
save his wife,
Emily, who falls apart after his death when she learns about his
(Emily is an editor who collects children’s books.) In the
past few months I
have fallen in love with the books of Thomas Lynch, undertaker and poet
My favorite so far is The Undertaking:
Life Studies From the Dismal Trade which was a finalist for
Book Award. Full of compassion, wit, eloquence and grace,
Lynch’s collection of
essays about death remind us how to live.
|by Cathy Seblonka, Youth Services
April 30, 2011
Thanks to the
Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of
the Peter White Library patrons of the library have a large collection
CD’s from which to choose. Here
several new music CD’s that have been added recently to the
Laboratory by Steve Wariner
instrumental album, Grammy Award winning
musician, Steve Wariner, performs an eclectic mix of musical styles
from Country, Jazz, Swing, Hawaiian, Pop, and Rock n’ Roll. Whether playing acoustic,
or electric guitar,
pedal steel, lap steel or upright bass, Wariner’s masterful
makes each song a wonderful surprise.
JaneDear Girls by the JaneDear Girls
Country Rock duo consists of Susie
Brown and Danelle Leverett, two multi-talented musicians who play eight
different instruments between them. All eleven tracks on this debut
original songs the girls have penned themselves.
Described as being “brassy and
fun” by the New York Times, the JaneDear Girls have two hits,
“Shotgun Girl”, in particular that are sure to win
over a new generation of
Country music fans.
by Moreland and Arbuckle
Moreland’s forceful, bluesy harmonica
playing paired with Dustin Arbuckle’s gusty guitar picking
and vocals make this
a musical tour-de-force that shouldn’t be missed.
Says one reviewer,
“This is blood boiling
music, if you haven’t felt your toes in a while,
well—they’ll start tapping,
your knees’ll get in on it too and before long,
you’ll be jiving; kind of
naughty and nice like”.
Sykes Sings Copeland & Spirituals by Jubilant Sykes
This new CD
features American baritone Jubilant
Sykes singing with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of
expressive performance, equally lyric and playful, beautifully
Aaron Copeland’s two sets of American Songs as well as the
spirituals “Ride on King Jesus”, “Go Down
Moses” and others featured on this
Have Faces by RED
RED is a
four-man rock band that consists of
vocalist Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, bassist Randy
and drummer Joe Rickard. Called the premier Christian rock band in all
Christian music, RED displays even more heavy-metal-styled riffs and
this album than in previous works.
Appealing both to Christian rock fans and
mainstream rock fans alike,
this band puts as much effort into their lyrics as they put into their
melodies. Notes one
fan, “Even if you
don’t normally listen to hard rock albums, the artistic
nature of these songs
draws you in and elicits an emotional response.”
Ain’t Over by Wanda Jackson
Queen Wanda Jackson showcases a variety
of musical styles in her latest album that include Country, Gospel,
Rock n’ Roll and even a Bob Dylan song, “Thunder On
The Mountain”, just
to be on the safe side. With
a voice that’s still brash with Rock n’
Roll attitude, Wanda Jackson amply proves that at age 73,
“The Party Ain’t Over
Sings Mr. B by Freddy Cole
In this tribute
to the late, legendary Billy
Eckstine, his longtime friend, Freddy Cole (Nat
“King” Cole’s brother), croons
songs that include classics such as “Tender is the
Night”, “I Apologize”, “To
Be or Not to Be in Love”, and Eckstine’s signature
song, “Jelly, Jelly.” The
band that backs up Freddy Cole is first
rate: pianist John DiMartino, guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Elias
drummer Curtis Boyd, and tenor saxman Houston Person.
This music CD is mellow and melodious.
|by Lisa Shirtz, Reference Dept.
April 23, 2011
|Kelly DiPucchio Books
off the press is a new book
by Kelly DiPucchio titled CLINK, featuring an outdated robot who wanted
more impressive than his old rusty parts would allow.
Every day he competed with the newer robots
in the store who baked cookies, did homework, and played games. Clink
designed to make toast and play music, skills that were too low-tech
current demand. One day a boy walked into the store playing a
programmed for music, started to dance and make toast at the same time.
music lovers hit it off and Clink found a home. The very imaginative
illustrations were painted by Matthew Myers.
His hairstyle designs are the best!
THE SANDWICH SWAP is a story
friendship between Lily, who ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
and Salma, who preferred hummus and pita bread.
Each one minded her manners by not telling the
other that their
unfamiliar sandwich looked “yucky,” until Lily just
blurted it out one day. The
two former friends had a shouting match
that resulted in a cafeteria food fight and a visit to the
Lily and Salma soon made up and planned a multi-cultural school event
featured lunches from every part of the world. This sweet story is a
collaboration between DiPucchio and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.
beautifully illustrated in watercolor and black outline by Tricia Tusa.
Can you ever have too many
books? ALFRED ZECTOR BOOK COLLECTOR didn’t think so and
collected every book in
sight until all were safely stacked in his house waiting to be read by
the children in town
had nothing to read and, as the years passed, Alfred came to the end of
last book. He felt
there was something missing
in his life – like someone to share his stories with. You
can guess what happens
graphics by illustrator Macky Pamintuan are bright and colorful,
to the story.
SIPPING SPIDERS THROUGH A
CAMPFIRE SONGS FOR MONSTERS will bring out the beast in you. How about
rendition of “Take Me Out to the Graveyard” instead
of ballpark? The
creepy words fit the tunes perfectly and
the old, yellowed illustrations by Gris Grimley are a little bit scary.
reading or singing this book, “If You’re Scary and
You Know It” might lead you to
clap your paws, flap your jaws, and snap your claws. Totally frightful
GRACE FOR PRESIDENT is a
from 2008 about a classroom studying the presidents of the United States.
girls were a little put off by the fact that there were no female
especially Grace, who decided, then and there, to run for president.
ran a mock election between Grace and another student to highlight the
and electoral voting process. There were ups and downs during the
Grace came out on top. Is there any reason she couldn’t run
for the office of
U.S. President in the future? LeUyen Pham’s bold colors
personality perfectly. Her use of presidential portraits on the
is quite engaging.
DiPucchio is a Michigan
author who will be in Marquette for
the Young Authors program the
first week of May. Her
book, BED HOGS, was
chosen the Michigan Reads selection for preschoolers in 2006. She and her books will
make a guest
appearance at the Peter White Public Library at 7:00 pm on May 3rd. All are welcome.
|by Lynette Suckow, Website and
April 9, 2011
|Mysteries have always been
my favorite genre when reading. Today’s mysteries include the
murder, danger, adventure and intrigue, plus familiar characters. So
mystery writers develop a character, then write a series of novels
character. There are several mystery series out there that I have
read the latest installment of character
“A’s” adventures, but I corrected that
beginning with the material for this article. Enjoy these new titles
various mystery series.
As I browsed the shelves
recently, I noticed a favorite title from back in my early library days
as a library
Spinners by Sally Goldenbaum brought memories of another
one by Mary Stewart. Both MOON SPINNERS take place in a seaside
that is where the similarities end. Goldenbaum’s book knits
clues into a story
of murder, gossip and secrets after members of a local knitting club
see Aunt Sophia and her bright red Ferrari drive off a cliff. What happens in this Massachusetts
village is a testament to
friendship and how it helps to heal all things.
BLESS THE BRIDE A Molly
Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen is set at the turn of the 20th
Molly Murphy is engaged to marry traditionalist, NYPD
Captain Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan is
traditional because he wants Molly to give up her Private Investigation
business after their marriage and be a stay-at-home wife.
But… a wealthy
Chinese immigrant calls on her to find his missing bride. Molly figures
do one more case before her wedding. Language and word choices may
but it is true to the time period.
Peter Tremayne has written
volume of tales about Sister Fidelma of Cashel, a religieuse (nun) of
entitled THE DOVE OF DEATH: a mystery of ancient Ireland.
This collection of stories
begins with Fidelma jumping ship to save her own live after she and her
witness two murders aboard a merchant ship called the Barnacle
Goose. Pirates committed the murders and leave no clues
except that their ship’s sails bear the image of a dove.
Fidelma vows to find
justice in her cousin’s death using her Brehon law training.
eighteenth volume in the Fidelma series continues to solve crime in
THE RING OF DEATH by Sally
Spencer is another book in the series about DCI (Detective Chief
Monika Paniatowski set in 1970’s Lancashire, England.
Paniatowski and her team are called into action to find the murderer of
victim. The first body is found in the woods by a dog walker–
naked, with his throat
slit and in a rigid kneeling stance on his hands and knees. As her team
identifies Andrew Adair, an army combatant known for fighting in Northern Ireland,
as the first body, two more naked and posed corpses appear. Monika
prejudice in a male-dominated police world,
the secret service and the addition of new
team members to find the killer.
Author Jane K. Cleland has
added a sixth title to her Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series. Her
DEADLY THREADS, finds
Josie in the
little town of Rocky
Point, NH expanding her antique business. Her two new ventures revolve
vintage clothing. Vintage clothier Riley Jordan is to be her guest
a workshop on vintage shoes and handbags, but Riley is late. When Josie begins the class
anyway, she finds
Riley’s dead, strangled body under the table where the
Channel heels were
stored. Clues point toward Prescott’s
own staff as the strangler. Josie joins forces with Ellis Hunter, local
Chief, and Wes Smith, local newspaper reporter, to decipher the clues
APPROACH by Rachel
Brady begins the Emily Locke Mystery series. Although Brady has written
second book in this series already, I’d neglected to read the
Emily Locke lost a child and husband in an unexplainable accident four
ago. She worked closely with authorities to find her little girl, but
luck. Emily is now called upon to go to Houston, Texas
and to find a missing
11-month-old boy. Once there Emily discovers a possible link between
and her own missing daughter. Incompetent PI’s, dead bodies,
and a guitar-playing cowboy fill her path as she hunts for the truth.
Ellen Hart spins another
tale entitled THE CRUEL EVER AFTER in the Jane Lawless Mystery series.
Lawless owns a Minneapolis
restaurant and is a part-time private investigator. She also has a
long-forgotten ex-husband, “Chess” Garrity, who is
an antiquities dealer. Garrity
pleads for help from Jane after his
arrest for the murder of another art dealer. He says he is being
with discriminating photographs. What else is he mixed up with?
kidnapping? Lawless winds through the twists of truth and lies to
discover who is
|by Vicki Mann, Reference Desk
April 2, 2011
Bollywood Night celebration has resulted in a growing area fan base for
Hindi musical film genre known affectionately as Bollywood. If you have
seen a Bollywood film, you are in for a treat. Music, dance, colorful
G-rated romance and over-the-top story lines make Bollywood the most
cinema in the world. The Peter White Public Library often adds new
titles to its DVD collection. Here are just few of our favorites.
Billu, a poor
barber lives an uneventful village life until his world is turned
by arrival of a Bollywood superstar. When the rumor spreads that Billu
the actor from the past, he becomes the reluctant center of attention
neighbors. The trouble begins when
people begin demanding what Billu
can’t or won’t deliver—contact with
Cricket and Bollywood come together in this delightful comedy set in Punjab. In a village where girls
don’t play cricket,
Veera disguises herself in a turban and beard
to fulfill her dreams of playing cricket in
the big league.
Se is worth
seeing if only for its award-winning cinematography. Love clashes with ideology in this love
story between a radio
executive and a beautiful revolutionary.
Kal Ho Naa Ho takes
place in Manhattan, New York
in an Indian neighborhood where a young motherless girl has too much
responsibility in her half-Catholic, half-Punjabi household.
Kuch Naa Kaho. Happy
American bachelor Raj reluctantly attends his cousin's wedding in
he finds himself pushed towards marriage by his overzealous uncle.
A film with a
feminist slant, Lajja satirizes the honor with which women are placed
society when contrasted with the restrictions placed upon them.
My Name is Khan
combines an immigrant’s viewpoint of
9/11 with a portrait of a man with a
disability. Khan, a
Muslim from Mumbai, suffers from
Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism which makes it
him to communicate. After 9/11, he is detained by authorities who
disability for suspicious behavior.
Om Shanti Om. Since this film is
send-up of the Indian film industry, newcomers to Bollywood may miss
the insider jokiness. Om is reincarnated and tries to solve the mystery of his murder and
find Shanti, the
love of his previous life.
Live. Two poor
farmers face losing their land over an unpaid government loan.
seek help from an apathetic local politician, who suggests they commit
to benefit from a government program that aids the families of indebted
deceased farmers. When a journalist
overhears him urge the farmers to "do what needs to be done" for the
sake of their families, a media frenzy ignites.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
Despite some overacting on the part of Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh
this film was sweet and entertaining with delightful music. Kahn plays
shy, introverted man in a arranged marriage with a beautiful and
vivacious woman. In
order to woo his own wife, Suri assumes a
to acquire a PhD, a young man becomes embroiled in politics, deceit,
Saawariya is the
first Bollywood-style film produced by a Hollywood-based studio. In
musical love story two star-crossed lovers meet by chance in a small
|by Claire Rose, Deputy Director
March 26, 2011
looking for something quick to read, the library subscribes to many
magazines—and unlike many libraries, we let you check out the
back issues to
read at home. Although
standards” have ended publication or changed to Internet only
there are still many available.
recently added Make:
Technology on Your Time. Each issue provides you with detailed
articles showing how people can adapt existing technology and products
and different uses, or just make an existing product better. It's one half manual on how to make
things and one half
source of inspiration to make things. The January 2011 issue includes
directions on making a helicopter rocket, a smart gumball machine, a
immersion cooker, a laser pointer printer, a simple beehive and more. If you want to check out
more projects, Make’s
has a complete archive of
magazines fit in with the “Universal Design for Everyday
Living” program recently
held at the library: New Mobility: Life beyond Wheels and Kaleidoscope:
Exploring the Experience of Disability
through Literature and the Fine Arts.
Published by the United Spinal Association, New
magazine includes a wealth of articles, links and classifieds.
Kaleidoscope, published since 1979, expresses the
diversity of the
disability experience from a variety of viewpoints to challenge and
stereotypical, patronizing and sentimental attitudes about disability.
local residents travel to the Mayo Clinic for health care. Written for the layperson,
The Mayo Clinic Health Letter
provide current and topical tools for healthier lives.
The library keeps the current edition in the
Magazine Room but has back issues and indexes in the Reference
you’ve been watching “Who Do You Think You
Are?” on Friday nights on NBC, you
might want to read and check out Family
Tree Magazine for more information on ways to search for
full of articles with
suggestions on how and where to search, available resources, links to
Internet, software reviews and more, Family
Tree Magazine is well worth a look.
friend and former employee of the library gave us a subscription to Cloth Paper Scissors. Covering
all types of fiber arts and collage work, including mixed media,
altered books, art dolls, visual art journals, rubber stamping,
and book arts and geared for the beginning artists/crafter as well as
the advanced, Cloth
has a playful,
positive tone, encouraging both the beginning and seasoned artist to
techniques and share their work and expertise with a greater
audience. Lots of step by step instructions and
projects will spur your creative side.
you’re looking for more great vegan
recipes, you can check out VegNews,
donation from the Northern Vegans that focuses
on a vegetarian lifestyle. It
up-to-date information on living a compassionate and healthy lifestyle
such features as: the latest vegetarian news, vegetarian city guides,
health, great recipes and new products.
For over 20
years, Home Power has
helped us in our search for a greener lifestyle by providing the most
comprehensive, technical coverage of solar, wind, and microhydro
electricity, energy efficienty, solar hot water systems, space heating
and cooling, energy-efficient building materials and home design, and
clean transportation options. Home Power is a good way to
supplement other materials in the library for the latest information..
|by Caroline Jordan, Collection
March 19, 2011
With new reads arriving
weekly in the Youth Services
Department, we’re sure to have to something to please young
readers and middle
school students. If
you’re interested in
disgusting historical facts, creative play, belly-busting,
tales, a sled dog's perspective, or heart-warming stories of young
find their voices in spite of circumstances, here are a few books you
want to read.
Kenn Nesbitt is a comical tug-of-war between the reader and author
use of bears in this picture book, illustrated by Troy Cummings. In a
won’t do it,” “Then that’s what
I want,” dialogue, an array of bears make an
appearance (75, but whose counting).
the author relents to adding one bear, the kids want
“More!” The author has a
hard time getting the story off the ground when he’s asked to
characters to the ever-growing list. This story would work well as an
interactive read-out-loud book for groups.
and illustrated by Suzy Lee gives readers creative ideas on making and
shadows. With the turn of each page in this wordless book, Lee's shadow
creations become jungle animals. This book encourages a child's
revealing how to make each shadow animal.
Little Sled Dog Who Braved the Artic, a true story by
Alaskan musher Pam
Flowers, offers a glimpse of life as a sled dog. Anna seemed eager to
weight. As the runt of the litter, some mushers think she
shouldn’t be groomed
to mush. Still, Flowers believes in her smallest husky. As the hardest
dog on the team, we follow Anna as she and 12 other dogs pull Flowers
miles across the Artic in one winter season. Anna, who becomes lead
into a hole in the ice and can’t get out. Find out what
happens to the brave
little sled dog by coming in to read the rest of this enjoyable mushing
Do you know which of
these strange historical cures helped
heal wounds? Moldy bread, honey, silver, puppy kisses, maggots, Mummy
bull’s mouth? You can find the answer, plus other strange
historical cures for
common ailments, in I Feel Better with a
Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures by
Carolyn Breccias. This easy
–to-read, nonfiction book, includes some seemingly peculiar
grossly good illustrations, such as using an earthworm necklace to cure
throat. Each common
ailment includes a
reveal of which cures worked and those that were, to the dismay of the
less than effective.
heartwarming tale of resilience, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, is a
of 12-year-old Lanesha, who lives through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans’
Ninth Ward. Orphaned at birth
and shunned by her uptown family, Lanesha lives with Mama Ya-Ya, a
healer, who can predict the future. The pair sense a powerful
it’s up to Lanesha to use what her loving caregiver has
taught her, to keep
them both safe through the storm.
of My Mind by
Sharon M. Draper is a profoundly moving book that is sure to bring
laughter. It’s a must read for middle-school students. The
story starts with
the main character explaining that her brain works like a computer,
every memory, in her life from a very early age.
But the only person 11-year-old Melody can
share her knowledge with is herself, because she can’t talk
or write. In the
first few chapters you sense her frustration as she absorbs knowledge,
the world churns on, unaware of her intelligence. When an opportunity
her to share her voice, her family knows she has the perseverance to do
this is not well received by everyone. You will cheer out loud at the
and determination Melody exhibits in overcoming obstacles, and the
misconceptions she shatters about disabilities as she succeeds.
|by Jeni Kilpela, Youth Services
March 12, 2011
The Autobiography by Ron Wood tells the story of the most famous
rock'n'roll band, the Rolling Stones. It tells his - and their - story.
Our neighbor and friend, "Chuch" Magee of Marquette, has chapter three
written in his honor, and it tells how he became the road manager for
the Rolling Stones. The stories we hear and what is written in the book
go hand in hand. Readers have never had a view of the rock world like
this before. Thinking back on Chuch and his adventures, he was always
in second gear and low range when he rode the backwoods of the U.P.
To the Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and
the Exploration of Central Africa by Pat Shipman is the story of
Hungarian-born Florence Baker, who met her future husband, Sam Baker,
as she was being sold in a slave auction in the Ottoman Empire in 1859.
This book recounts that rescue and her future adventures with her
husband traveling through Africa. The unlikely couple set out in 1861
to search for two English explorers who were on a quest to discover the
source of the Nile River at the behest of the British Empire Company.
The Bakers continued their soulful romance, free of the scrutiny that
Florence attracted for her "extreme youth and somewhat shadowy past."
During their four years in Africa, the Bakers dealt with
life-threatening illness, deception by tribal chiefs and mutiny. They
witnessed some truly horrifying acts of human cruelty and degradation.
But despite their hardships, which included a return trip to attempt to
dismantle the African slave trade, their love was unshaken.
Combining journals, letters and photographs, Shipman's
account shines with historical clarity and narrative fluency, although
at times his invented dialogue between the couple rings a saccharin
note. Overall, this portrait of bravery, altruism and stamina in the
wilds of uncharted Africa is a reverent and careful tribute to the
Bakers. This book is one nonfiction that reads as well as any
The next two books are from the same author, Jon
Krakauer. His books are well researched and easy reading. His
reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the
outer limits. In Under the Banner of Heaven he shifts his focus from
extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within
our own borders. At the core of his book is an appalling double murder
committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty,
who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill
their blameless victims.
The next book, Into Thin Air, is a personal
account of the Mt. Everest disaster that took place in 1996. Krakauer
is a mountain climber, so has a lot of insight into what can go wrong
when bad weather strikes while climbing a mountain. "Into Thin Air" is
the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Mt.
Everest. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled
so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind,
ignore the concerns of loved ones and willingly subject themselves to
risk, hardship and expense. Written with emotional clarity, Krakauer's
eyewitness account of what happened on the "roof of the world" is a
The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True
Story of the Wineville Murders by Anthony Flacco is a true murder
story, and I read a lot of them. This is one that will not be
forgotten, as it is one of the darkest cases in American crime. It
tells of how one man is able to detoxify himself from the evil he'd
encountered, offering the redemptive story of one man's remarkable
ability to survive a nightmare and emerge intact. The
Wineville, California murders were committed between 1926 and 1928.
Gordon Stewart Northcott, with the aid of his nephew, Sanford Clark,
killed at least 20 people at a remote chicken ranch outside Los
Angeles. An unwilling accomplice, Sanford was 13 years old when sent by
his parents to stay with his Uncle Gordon, who continually brutalized
and sodomized him all the while killing a series of helpless boys.
Flacco reconstructs the details of the grisly murders, with
Northcott's mother, Louise, sometimes joining the bloody mayhem.
Eventually the cops caught up with Northcott, ending the ritual
killings. He was hanged after a sensational trial in which Sanford was
the star witness. With a heartfelt epilogue by Jerry Clark, Sanford's
son, this well-told tale of senseless killing, guilt and redemption of
a young innocent is a page turner.
Land of the Lost Souls: My Life on the Streets by
Cadillac Man is an autobiography about a man who has lived on the
streets of New York City for the past 14 years. Most street people last
about 18 months before dying or going to jail. Over those 14 years,
Cadillac Man has recorded his adventures and daily experiences, writing
hundreds of thousands of words in a series of spiral-bound notebooks.
"Land of the Lost Souls" distills those journals into an unforgettable
memoir of homeless life, full of gripping stories and characters.
In a gritty, poignant and funny voice, Cadillac brings to
life the people who populate his New York: Irish, the ex-cabbie who
gives him his first home on the street; the enormous Chocolate Milk and
a cohort of indomitable South Bronx hookers; old Crow, whose near death
colors Cadillac Man's first homeless Christmas; Bones, the former cop
who leads an unlikely chase through the city's shelters; and most of
all, Penny, the young runaway he falls in love with and eventually
tragically reunites with her family. The United States has 700,000
homeless people; ultimately, Cadillac's story is their story.
|by Stan Peterson, Maintenance
March 5, 2011
The Peter White
Public offers these non-fiction books on the subject of photography.
Fun Paper Cameras: Take
Eye-catching Pinhole Photos.
A Lark Photography Book.
This new book
covers numerous templates for creating your own paper pinhole camera
actually works. A
CD also accompanies
the book for added ease and instruction.
With the aid of Justin Quinnell, an expert in
explains how a camera is a simple light processing box and how the
create their own with outstanding results.
Due to the experimental nature of pinhole
photography both novice and experienced
photographers will find this book fascinating.
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Evans: Photographer of America.
book by Thomas Nau
book was written for school-aged children in grades 5-9 it will prove
to be an
important find for anyone interested in American photography from the
half of the 20th century.
This 60-page book beautifully recounts the
life and philosophies of
Walker Evans while displaying some the most striking reproductions from
career. Many books
Evan’s work deal entirely with his contributions to
however, this book shows the wide scope of his career with great
respect to his
earlier photographic work.
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book by edited by the Museum Ludwig.
reproductions in this book come from the Photographic Collection at the
Ludwig in Cologne, Germany. Due to the vastness of the
collection, all of the major photographic movements and genres are
represented. In the
span of less than
200 pages the reader is able to explore the works of photographic icons
from Ansel Adams to Joel Peter Witkin.
This book does not shy away from controversial
work from photographers
such as Herbert Bayer and Duane Michals.
Instead, all of these photographers are
celebrated for their varying
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YEARS Life: a 60th Anniversary
A book by Time Inc. Life Books.
ranging from war to athletes, from the White House to fashion, this
glossy-paged book celebrates some the most moving moments from around
captured on the pages of LIFE magazine.
As the reader thumbs through each page, the
importance of photography as
a means of documentation becomes more apparent.
As stated in the books opening pages by
magazine founder Henry R. Luce,
the purpose if LIFE was “to see life; to see the
books clearly shows the magazines
dedication to that purpose as well as the evolution of the world during
Non-Fiction 779.0904 Li
Complete Guide to Black & White
Digital Photography. A
book by Michael Freeman.
outlines for the reader methodic ways of producing the very best black
white photographs. Michael
offers to the reader the option of simply converting a color photo into
and white copy digitally but he later offers tips to help the
in back and white to achieve their best results.
With Adobe Photoshop as his main weapon,
Freeman shows how to overcome the various issues one faces with digital
such as noise reduction, color correction, and distortion. Although the step-by-step
guides make black
ad white photography look easy, Freeman’s main purpose is to
leave the reader
with a strong understanding of black and white photography as an art
equipping them with necessary skills to be successful.
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|by Dominic Davis, Circulation
February 26, 2011
literature moved beyond teen angst and proms long ago, and the genre
gain more literary heft and sophistication with each new publishing
Acclaimed teen-book author David
what he calls "the second golden age of young adult books" to an
emotional maturity among today’s teenagers that gives authors
the freedom to
explore practically any subject. The
page-turners included in this article are recommended for teens over 14
adults of all ages.
by Saci Lloyd, plunges readers headlong into the
not-too-distant future, when England
has instituted strict carbon rationing in response to a "Great Storm"
triggered by global warming. Sixteen-year-old
Laura Brown's diary relates a tale of frightening uncertainty, as Laura
to finish school, nurture a budding romance, and keep her punk rock
while living under increasingly wretched circumstances. Struggling to
get by on
a prohibitive allotment of carbon points and dealing with wildly
weather, Laura's family begins to fall apart. When her father trades
her mom's gas-deprived
Saab for a large pig and a wheelbarrow full of gardening supplies,
the adults in her life are losing control. Read this humorous,
thought-provoking novel and decide for yourself whether it's mere
or a realistic look at our world's shared future.
he was 12-years-old, Wyatt Reaves burned down his family home. In the
aftermath, he leaves his abusive, drug-addicted parents and hits the
his Uncle Spade, an unscrupulous hustler who finds a way to make Wyatt
ticket through bare-knuckle boxing. Why I
Fight by J. Adams Oaks is a poignant and painful story,
in the gritty voice of its unforgettable protagonist, a boy who talks
is desperately longing to be loved.
the first teen book by adult sci-fi author Paolo
Bacigulpi, is a post-apocalyptic thriller set on the Gulf Coast near a
Orleans that has flooded and been rebuilt not once, but three times. In
drastically stratified society, Nailer is among the poorest of the
for scrap metal inside tankers stranded on the beach, only to turn over
booty to the abusive crew boss. Nailer can't believe his good fortune
discovers a luxurious sailing ship washed up on a secluded island
the discovery of a "swank" girl trapped inside the wreck puts a
glitch in his plans to become very rich. Should he kill the girl and
spoils, or trust her promises and save her? Full of brutal violence and
exciting action, Ship Breaker’s
greatest strength lies nonetheless in its memorable, ethnically diverse
Hoff, a young man of many words but little action. James likes to rant
our consumerist culture and the ineffective methods people like his
ex-girlfriend use in their lame attempts to change the world. Not your
teen, James has no desire to own a car and prefers to find other ways
around. “It’s called walking, people!”
Blake Nelson’s hilarious new book, Destroy
All Cars, presents James’
idealism and insecurities through journal entries and a series of
masquerading as AP English essays, with a little dialogue sprinkled in.
Sympathize with James as he struggles to find meaning in a world that
hopeless, but be prepared to laugh out loud at the same time.
Brown’s wonderful debut novel Hate
is narrated by Valerie Leftman, who unwittingly played a role in the
shooting carried out by her boyfriend Nick at the end of their junior
Told through newspaper articles and the memories of a damaged young
heart-wrenching story weaves back and forth in time as Valerie
struggles to understand
and come to terms with her own sense of guilt. Issues of bullying,
health, and the healing process within the entire school community are
presented frankly and with great sensitivity.
by Mary Schneeberger, Teen Services
February 19, 2011
thoroughly inspiring tale to get your 2011 off to a good start, check
author and public speaker, Nick Vujici’s book on our new
shelf. Titled: “Life Without
Limits”, Vujicic, chronicles
his journey through life’s challenges when born without arms
and legs. The
author poses for his front jacket cover,
and the strong smile lighting up his face, will provoke a desire to
further inside the book. Born
Australian parents possessing a strong faith, Nick was a precocious,
youngster who rose to all the challenges posed by his lack of limbs.
times, his physical difficulties threatened to overwhelm him, he found
comfort in his own personal faith in God and the love and support of
adventurous spirit, Nick
learned to scuba dive, skateboard, surf and master the use of a
and computer keyboard. A
speaker, with a dream of spreading his optimistic outlook on life, Nick
worldwide and spoken to groups of all sizes, race and religion. This is a book that will
definitely help you
to minimize your own problems and seek out solutions for
light, enjoyable novel to while away the “winter
blahs”, try British author,
Hester Browne’s latest, “The Finishing
will be shelved with our new fiction
selections. Previous bestsellers by Browne include
“The Little Lady
Agency” books. In
this newest read,
Browne introduces us to Betsy Phillimore, the 27 year old adopted
Lord and Lady Phillimore. The
Phillimores have owned and run an Academy for privileged, wealthy young
for many years. Betsy,
deposited on the
Academy’s doorstep as a newborn infant, was instantly loved
and treasured by
Lady Frances and her husband.
learns how to be an elegant English lady and goes off to school in Scotland
she puts her organizational and business skills to work. When Lady Frances
dies, Betsy is summoned back to England
by Lord Phillimore to restore financial stability, increase enrollment
the Academy a modern young ladies finishing school.
Along the way, Betsy reunites with her best
friend, her handsome playboy brother, and tackles the challenge of
find out who her real parents were.
Plenty of humorous British dialogue, sticky
life situations and
interesting characters make this a page turner.
Hester Browne does not disappoint her readers
with this new entry.
On the film
front, our DVD library at Peter White just acquired the title,
Soldiers”, an acclaimed film from 2004 which won 14 best
picture awards at film
festivals nationwide. This
based on actual WW II events and tells the story of a small band of
soldiers and a downed British paratrooper who try to smuggle important
information through enemy lines in the dead of winter.
The acting is very engaging and the story
moves briskly along. It’s
that will capture your attention and keep you rooting for the heroes to
We have two
new non-fiction humorous essay books that will keep you entertained. Lisa
Scottoline and Nora Ephron are both out
with fresh reminisces on life and all things related to it.
Scottoline, a New York Times bestselling author of suspense
has combined with her daughter, Francesca Scottoline Serritella in
Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space”, and
delivers wit and pathos
with her latest, “I remember nothing:
and other reflections”.
Both of these books are great to
cozy up to with a cup of coffee, even if you just have 5 minutes in
schedule to sit and relax. The
straightforward, funny and thought-provoking. The
chapters appeal to people of
all ages. Both
Ephron and Scottoline
have made lucrative careers in other genres, but they excel in these
topics as “The six stages
of e-mail”, “Bizzaro Birthdays” and
“How to Talk to Moms” prove relatable and
as a writer with great potential for present and future success.
If you need a pretty coffee table
book to look at this month, check out “Shoes a-z”
by Jonathan Walford. There
are lovely pictures of every type of
shoe with history and designer information that is quite fascinating. You’ll learn
something as you decide which
type you’d like to purchase some day.
There is so much to the shoe industry that
many of us are unaware of,
but this book will bring you up to speed. Lovely
photos adorn every page.
"The Crabby Cook
Cookbook" will make you anything but crabby as you get it off our new
non-fiction shelf. Jessica Harper, author actress, singer and
comedienne dishes on life in the kitchen and includes her favorite "to
to" recipes for entertaining and family means. Her "George
Clooney Chicken Salad" recipe proved a hit at the Superbowl party I
brought it to. I found it easy to prepare, as well as very
different from your normal chicken salad. The
life stories are extremely engaging as she describes disasters in her
kitchen while entertaining a rich actress and her spouse, as well as
the family pet's response to certain entrees and her picky family's
preferences that she tries to accommodate. There were so many
recipes in this book that I wanted to try out. The jacket
agrees with me and stated, "that's good...because, let's face it,
chances are you're going to make dinner tonight!"
|by Shelly Janofski,
Inter-library Loan Coordinator
February 12, 2011
|Academy Award Movies
83rd Academy Awards are just around the corner, and the race for Best
Picture has been heating up for awhile now. "The King's
and "The Social Netwoek" seem to be the front runner right not, but
there's always the possibility of an upset.
If Oscar history
has shown us
anything, it's that any movie nominated has a chance. In
"Brokeback Mountain" was the odds-on pick to take home the prize, but
was upset on awards night by "Crash." The Peter White Public
Library has many Best Picture winners in the DVD section on the first
floor. If you have already gone to the theater to see this
nominees, you should come to the library and check out a few of these:
The Bridge on the River Kwai
from 1957 is a World War II classic about a unit of British soldiers
who are forced to build a bridge by their Japanese captors.
film won an impressive seven Oscars. Along with Best Picture,
also won Best Actor (Alec Guinness) and Best Director (David Lean).
Although it is more than 50 years old, "The Bridge on the
Kwai" continues to be in the discussion of the greatest films of all
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
the 1975 movie based on the novel by Ken Kesey, won Jack Nicholson the
first of his three Academy Awards. It also features Louise
Fletcher in the role of Nurse Rached, one of cinema's all time greatest
villains, for which she won Best Actress. "One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest" won a total of five Oscars.
In one of the
most stunning upsets in Oscar history, Gandhi
beat out the heavily favored "ET: the Extra-terrestrial" for Best
Picture of 1982. This biopic of the life of Mahatma Gandhi
collected eight Academy Awards. Ben Kingsley won Best Actor
his all-time performance as the title character.
Million Dollar Baby
from 2004, the tragic tale of a female boxer, was notable for winning
Clint Eastwood both his second Best Picture and second Best Direcor
awards. Hilary Swank won her second Best Actress statue, and
Morgan Freeman won for Best Supporting Actor. "Million Dollar
Baby" took home four Academy Awards.
The Hurt Locker
last year's Best Picture winner, was the first great novie to come out
about the Iraq War, and was praised by critics for its realistic
portrayal of an explosive ordinance team operating in Baghdad.
Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in Oscar history to
|by Ben Sargent, Circulation Dept.
February 5, 2011
Today is the
celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday; he would be 202
years old, if he
still lived. George Washington’s birthday anniversary is
February 22. To
commemorate these two Presidents’ births as well as all other
celebrate Presidents’ Day on the third Monday of February
each year. For that
reason I’m highlighting new Presidential biographies that we
have in the
president is covered by Ron Chernow in his latest book, Washington: a life.
biographer, Chernow divides George Washington’s life into 6
parts to tell his
story. He details Washington’s
personal, inward self criticism as well as his wit and sense of humor
illustrate him as an individual as well as a man of politics and the
Eisenhower and his wife, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, wrote a nice story
President Dwight Eisenhower entitled Going Home to Glory: a memoir of life with
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969. Eisenhower, who
is Ike’s grandson, describes
his grandfather’s later life—after his military
career that ended as a
five-star general, after his Presidency, after his retirement from
politics. It presents a remarkable, worldly man in his quiet life at
farm in Gettysburg,
Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund
Morris is another new presidential
biography. Theodore Roosevelt was a military man before becoming
the prologue, one learns that his military title of “Colonel
more cherished by him at the end of his life than “Mr.
President.” He insisted
that everyone call him “Colonel.” The remainder of
the book shows him coping
with post-presidential life and his declining health. This text
Morris’s trilogy on Roosevelt
by following his
other books, The Rise of Theodore
Roosevelt and Theodore Rex.
wrote about his father, President Ronald Reagan, in his book, My
Father @ 100. The book commemorates the 100th
President Reagan’s birth which was February 6, 1911. It is
written from Son Ron’s
own family experiences with his actor-politician-rancher and
His loving account deals more with the man he knew than the public
The White House Diary by Jimmy
President of the United States of America,
is a collection of excerpts
from his personal diary written during those four years. Besides being
personal thoughts of his daily activities, he explains his thoughts
was happening worldwide. He tells of meetings with world leaders, his
interactions with them and the outcome. Also included are a few pages
photographs of President Carter with important world
Bush recently released his own autobiography entitled Decision Points. Bush
reveals a different sort of memoir that includes his candid insights
he made some of the world’s biggest decisions while serving
as our 43rd
President. He writes of his mistakes and disappointments while still
out his accomplishments as Governor of Texas, President and as a son,
|by Vicki Mann, Reference
January 29, 2011
|Great Lakes Great Books
Each year the
Michigan Reading Association sponsors a program called Great Lakes Great Books that invites Michigan
students to choose their favorite books from a
slate of books grouped by grade level.
This year kindergarten
and first grade students will select their favorite book from among these new
picture books. See which one is your favorite.
Bear, Sleep! written by
Maureen Wright and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand is
a hibernation tale in which Big Bear, who is hard of hearing,
mishears Old Man Winter’s message.
Big Bear thinks he hears Old Man Winter tell
him to drive a jeep, go and sweep, dive deep, and climb a mountain steep
as he gets progressively more tired.
Finally Old Man Winter yells,
“Hey there, Bear! Did you hear what I said? It’s
go to bed!” after which Big Bear puts on his PJ’s
out the light, fluffs his pillow and says, “Good
in the Rain Forest by Frank
Serafini pairs close-up details with
larger images followed by silly suggestions to create a guessing game
for young readers that helps them learn about many plants and animals found
in the rain forest. The
book’s format works well as a read-a-loud for
group settings or for quiet contemplation on repeated readings.
Country Frog by Mo Willems
and illustrated by Jon Muth is a quiet story of
all great pairings, City Dog and Country Frog know the
joys of shared pursuits; jumping and splashing their way through spring,
summer and fall. When
winter comes City Dog patiently waits for
Country Frog to join him at the edge of their favorite pond,
but Country Frog
never comes. In
spring a new comer appears, Country Chipmunk, who
soon becomes City Dog’s new best friend.
We Are in a
Book!, a book for
beginning readers written by Mo Willems, features two
characters, Elephant and Piggie, who ask readers to read out loud the word
bubbles on each page. Elephant and Piggie think this is terrifically
funny until Elephant learns the book will end on page 57. He panics and
says, “This book is going too fast! I have more to
give!” The problem is soon
solved when Elephant asks, “Hello. Will you please read
Who could refuse such a polite request?
Manners Can Be Contagious! by Mij Kelly
and illustrated by Mary McQuillan
is the story of Suzy Sue who one day sneezes all over her friends. In
their zeal to teach her good manners, things are said and feelings get
hurt until someone remembers the most important rule of all, the golden
rule. “If you’re kind,” says Suzy Sue,
“people sometimes learn from
you.” Playful drawings and rhymes help reinforce this
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I
don’t), a book written by Barbara Bottner and illustrated
by Michael Emberley, a little girl asks her teacher why she dresses up
for reading circle. Miss Brooks replies, “I want you to
get as excited
about books as I am.” The little girl is not impressed.
Too many books are
“too flowery” or “too furry”,
“too clickety” or “too yippity”
for her. When her
mother tells her she is being as stubborn as a wart, the
little girl shouts, “I want to read a story about
warts!” Her mother finds a
book called Shrek! and a reader is
Elise Broach and artist Richard Egielski have produced a
book called Gumption! that
is a perfect blend of text and illustration. In it a boy named Peter
is thrilled to accompany his uncle Nigel on an expedition to Africa. To encourage Peter to keep
up with him, his uncle tells Peter, “All
it takes is a bit of gumption”. Throughout the book
show a succession of wild animals helping Peter follow
although Nigel, a professional animal-spotter, never even sees them. Young readers will enjoy
the visual joke.
Big Wolf & Little Wolf,
a book written by Nadine Brun-Cosme and illustrated by
Olivier Tallec, Big Wolf discovers for the first time in his life that a
little wolf, “indeed a very little one, had taken up
space in his
he returns from a walk, Big Wolf is saddened to find his companion
is missing and then overjoyed the next spring when Little Wolf returns to
|by Lisa Shirtz, Reference
January 22, 2011
Peter White Public Library offers these new non-fiction DVDs.
of Stonehenge. A
PBS documentary from NOVA.
Each year, over a million people are drawn to the
countryside in the south of England
to visit Stonehenge.
Among them are a new
generation of engineers, scientists, archaeologists, and other
are trying to unravel the mystery of the famous bluestone
DVD 936.2319 Se
and Rise of China.
A Great Courses DVD.
The Great Courses DVDs and CDs offer quality in-depth
coverage of a wide variety of topics. The story of China
involves rapid change during
the past century, tempered by traditions that have endured for
hundreds, if not
thousands of years. This course is taught by Professor Richard Baum,
Berkeley, an expert on the
DVD 951 Fa
A documentary by Josh Fox.
A look at “hydraulic fracturing”, a means of
natural gas by tapping reserves buried deep in shale that were
thought unrecoverable. Fox visits sites in several states where the
caused contamination of groundwater. At some homes, a stream of natural
released when water faucets are turned on, and can be lit like a torch.
DVD 622.1828 Ga
A BBC / Discovery Channel series documentary.
From the makers of the hit series Planet Earth comes Life.
This four disc set covers plants and animals, 130 different stories
nature. 54 of the stories have never been filmed before. 3000 days of
went into the production, covering every continent on Earth. US
narrated by Oprah Winfrey.
DVD 577 Li
Pickers: The Complete Season 1. History Channel.
Series follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz through small town America purchasing
for their appropriately names business “Antique
Archaeology”, based in Iowa. Offers
into the antiques trade, as the pair visit homes and businesses in
diamonds in the rough.
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Luminous Years. A PBS documentary.
Recounts the dawning of the modern movement in the early 20th
was unrivaled in the art world, cradling innovation, drawing in, and
artists from around the world.
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of the Canyon: Classic Artists. As told by rock
photographer Henry Diltz.
The story of the musicians who inhabited the Laurel Canyon
area of Los
in the late 1960s. Artists include Crosby, Stills & Nash, The
Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, Linda
DVD 781.66 Le
|by Bruce MacDonald,Circulation
January 8, 2011
Another new year, another new
January on the display kiosk on the main
floor, the library staff is featuring some of our authors’
other words their first novels. We
have some of those first novels in the new fiction section of the
library. Start off
your new year with one of these:
Snow Day by Billy
Coffey. Awakened by
urging the residents of a small Virginia
town to take a snow day rather than travel to school and work, Peter
himself with an opportunity to find big truths in small moments and
believes he has a good
life, with a decent job and a family he loves.
But he’s quietly worried
he’ll be cut when downsizing takes effect at
the factory, his family will lose the home they love, and his faith
crumble along with his bank account.
Through the course of his “snow
day”, he will rediscover that whatever
comes in life, hope is the only choice that makes sense.
Year of Cats and Dogs, Margaret Hawkins
spins an offbeat and delightful tale of a midlife anti-crisis. Maryanne
49-year-old owner of Clement, an orange cat, and Bob, a seven-year-old
Rottweiler. Ex-boyfriend Phillip has just moved out, ending their
relationship, which leaves Maryann feeling blah, so she resolves to "go
AWOL from the productive world." After she quits her job, her life
consists mostly of drinking tea, walking her dog and cooking dreary
one. Then she realizes she has a gift for speaking with animals, which
into a part-time gig at an animal shelter. Maryanne recasts her life in
unhurried and lighthearted narrative.
Quickening by Michelle
Hoover tells the story of the intertwined fortunes of two early
Midwestern farm women. From the time Enidina Current and her husband,
move into the hardscrabble farmhouse a day's wagon ride away from
family, their closest neighbors, Jack and Mary Morrow, perplex them,
proximity and shared farm work often bring the two couples together.
the narrative, stoic Enidina struggles through several miscarriages
finally bearing twins, while the more delicate Mary reels from
most of all in her volatile husband. Moving through the Depression, the
families are driven farther apart from each other, until an accident
betrayal drive the final wedge into their lives.
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord, a villager leaves her husband and
finds she can manipulate chaos in Lord's retelling of a Senegalese
folktale. Paama flees her gluttonous husband, Ansige; two
later, he hires the master tracker Kwame to find her. Kwame
reluctantly takes the job to finance his own wanderlust.
events draw the attention of the Indigo Lord, one of the powerful
spirits called Djombi. He wielded the power of Chaos until it
taken from him and given to Paama, and he wants it back.
always nice to start reading at the beginning of a mystery
series. Million Dollar Baby: a Marjorie
McClelland Mystery by Amy Patricia Meade is both a first
novel and the
first of a series. With its 1930s setting and
unlikely pairing of a
rich dilettante and an earnest young woman, Meade's debut will strike a
with fanciers of Dorothy Sayers's Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. When
Ashcroft arrives in his Rolls-Royce Phantom in the little town of Ridgebury, Connecticut,
he creates quite a stir. Unimpressed by the car or its owner is mystery
Marjorie McClelland, until she decides that Ashcroft might be able to
her new novel. The history of a long-ago suicide at Ashcroft's newly
mansion and the accidental discovery of an old murder victim serve to
two together, while a handsome police detective provides competition
Gendarme by Mark T.Mustian the
dreams of a former Turkish soldier contain the truth of his past.
is 92 and living in Georgia
when he begins dreaming of his youth and his involvement in the
diaspora. After 70 years of amnesia caused by his WWI injuries,
returns with a vengeance following surgery for a brain tumor. Emmett
fought the British at Gallipoli, was wounded, and was cared for by a
Carol, whom he married and accompanied back to the U.S.
But in his violent dreams, he
relives his actions as a Turkish gendarme in the forced death march of
thousands of Armenians into Syria.
Emmett recalls snippets of his murderous and rapacious acts but also of
obsession with a beautiful young Armenian girl, Araxie. His dream life
him to one conclusion: he must find Araxie and beg her forgiveness.
Holy Thief, William Ryan introduces
us to Captain Alexei Korolev, CID detective of the Moscow Militia. It is
Stalin’s Great Terror is beginning. In a deconsecrated
church, a young woman is
found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the altar for all to see.
Alexei Korolev is asked to investigate. But when he discovers that the
is an American citizen, the NKVD—the most feared organization
involved. Committed to uncovering the truth behind the gruesome murder,
enters the realm of the Thieves, rulers of Moscow’s
underworld. As more bodies are
discovered and pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question
can trust and who, in a Russia
where fear, uncertainty and hunger prevail, are the real criminals.
|by Caroline Jordan, Collection
January 1, 2011
area just love their dogs! They
walk them all over town, play with them
in the park, and write stories about them.
Here are some great picture books about dogs
from the juvenile
collection (lower level of the library).
Gravett’s DOGS is written
from the point of view of a cat who appreciates the qualities of most
weaves in words that are opposites by
contrasting a hairy sheepdog, shaking hair all over the page, with a
chihuahua wearing a sweater. Besides
Gravett’s unusual choice of opposites, such as shabby dogs
and chic dogs, she does
her own distinctive illustrations.
two-page layout features one or more breed of dog with expressions that
readers know exactly what those dogs are thinking.
SHEEPIE by Robert
Burleigh reminds us that there will be a time when everyone has to say
to their pet. Sheepie,
dog, has grown old and isn’t able to play and move around
like he used to. One
day he doesn’t move at all. Owen’s
sugar coat the realities
of death, but assures his son that Sheepie lives on in memories. Peter Catalanotto
illustrates the story with
sophisticated watercolors that enhance the emotions of the characters
colors and shadows.
Cynthia Rylant writes a whole
series of readers for first graders about a boy named Henry and his
dog, Mudge. It
seems they have teamed up
with Annie and her pet rabbit, Snowball, for snowy fun and adventure in
AND SNOWBALL AND THE WINTRY FREEZE.
series are illustrated by Sucie Stevenson, who, with Rylant, has
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for creative children’s literature.
A more upbeat book is ONE PUP’S
UP by Marsha Wilson Chall. With
of ten puppies, one of them always wants to start an adventure and wake
others up. Chall’s
metered words are
alliterative and fun to read, as the story counts up to ten and back
down again. The
watercolor and ink illustrations of Henry
Cole are welcome additions to the tale, portraying the thoughts behind
Another new title for the
younger set is WOOF: A LOVE STORY by Sarah Weeks, about a dog who tries
friends with a cat. No
matter how many
nice things he says to her, all she hears is “Woof, woof,
the rhyming text tells the story
well, the creative illustrations by Holly Berry give readers a hint of
dog finally makes his offers of friendship known over the canine-feline
If you walk over to the
non-fiction books, you’ll find a series on dog breeds,
Boxers, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas,
Collies, Dashshunds, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Poodles,
Bernards, Shetland Sheepdogs, Siberian Huskies, and Yorkshire Terriers. There’s also a
humorous and practical book
about making friends with dogs titled, DON’T LICK THE DOG by
Wendy Wahman. The
bright illustrations and rhyming text
make it easy for young children to understand, but the advice is meant
find a whole shelf of dog
books under the call number 636.7.
Several breeds of dogs are part
of Library Pet Partners, a program that pairs children and certified
dogs as reading partners. Children
improve their reading skills by reading to attentive canine listeners
accompanied by their owners. Dogs
allowed in the library to meet their young partners for reading
sessions. Call or
visit the Youth Services Desk at 226-4323 for more information.
|by Lynette Suckow, Website and
has, without question, become something of a chic hobby these days, but
almost seems like one of its counterparts, crocheting, has been
though it is just as fun, and quite a bit easier. Knitting patterns
refurbished to fit the modern tastes, and so too have the myriad of
patterns. For those who are looking for something to pique their
something a bit more modern and fashionable, take a look at the books
Bitch Crochet’s The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller
is a great resource for the more modern crotchetier. Aside from giving
introduction for novices in crochet, which takes up eight chapters, the
patterns are more than just the “mile-a-minute”
afghans many of us were first
introduced to. The author gives a pattern for just about every idea,
bikini or boyfriend sweater, to fuzzy bunny slippers and stuffed
the way to kitchen supplies.
the same line of thinking as The
Hooker, Not Your Mama’s Crochet by Amy Swenson pays
attention to more modern trends. While some of the patterns are
the more traditional patterns (the dishcloth or the scarves for
sweaters and the bags definitely have a modern feel to them. As with
previously mentioned book, she also gives an
introduction to crochet methods, and even
includes a chapter on the
different kinds of yarns that can be used. Another plus for this book
inclusion of possible prices for each project.
those who are interested in more difficult patterns, Geometrics:
A New Way to Crochet
by Ruthie Marks has something
unlike many other crochet books. The
author doesn’t give an introduction for new beginners.
Instead, she gets right
down to business and her patterns. Her dragon curve patterns are
and for those who want to try something more three dimensional, her
for all seasons” pattern is worth it. The colourful geometric
patterns used in the
star afghan or the checkered rug are also intriguing, if the
shapes are not to your taste.
those patterns catch your eye, and you are looking for something more
line of art rather than clothing, Freeform
Knitting and Crochet
by Jenny Dowde, is for you.
Yes, granted, it isn’t pure crochet, but the patterns
included are quite
eye-catching. Most of the patterns are of bags, amulet necklaces, hats
scarves, but each has its own charm. What is nice about her book, is
also gives tips for the different kinds of stitches used in the book,
the reader know just what to look for. She also includes what kinds of
accessories (buttons and the like) work best with each creation.
those who prefer the more traditional ideas in crochet, there are still
great books that give that feeling, while still giving some new twists
New Granny Square
by Susan Cottrell and Cindy Weloth, is just one such book. As the
title suggests, the topic of this book is the classic granny square,
but they add
newer designs to it, as well as using newer materials, such as ribbons
chords, to the yarn textures. The first half of the book details
patterns and variations of the granny square, while the second half
to use for the squares and patterns in which they can be incorporated. One very cute pattern is
for cozy brown
slippers, made with “suede” yarn.
Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by
Melody Griffiths, showcases a lot of the more classical patterns and
detailed diagrams to help the reader understand exactly what is
happen instead of just the written pattern. A lot of her patterns are
the classics, but she also gives some interesting newer patterns for
blocks of crochet that can then be put together to create something
Her patterns at the end of the book are also intriguing.
|by Sarah Beck, Circulation Desk
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